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What Has Many Eyes and Helps to Feed Our Community? (Contains Video!)

The headline is a bit of a trick question. Potatoes, of course, have eyes … but so do those who help plant, cultivate, harvest, and donate them.

Union Memorial School and Tuberville collaborated again this year to raise and donate food to benefit our community.

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UMS students worked with Tuberville helped to plant, harvest, and donate 210 pounds of potatoes to benefit the Colchester Community Food Shelf.

Hours of operation for the Colchester Community Food Shelf
Hours of operation for the Colchester Community Food Shelf

Tuberville is an organization dedicated to reducing hunger in local communities. It was started in 2004 by father-and-son team Peter and Ralph Perkins, who raised, harvested, and donated potatoes for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. They have been branching out ever since, and they have even sprouted new fields in another state as part of their mission to address hunger through civic participation.

Tuberville's Ralph Perkins wheels potatoes to the Colchester Community Food Shelf, his trusty helpers trailing behind him
Tuberville’s Ralph Perkins wheels potatoes to the Colchester Community Food Shelf, his trusty helpers trailing behind him
"Grandpa and Grandma Perkins" of Tuberville
“Grandpa and Grandma Perkins” of Tuberville

Last spring, UMS first graders helped Tuberville plant a crop of potatoes on a small, nearby plot of land. They returned to their potato field earlier this month as second graders to help harvest and bring the potatoes to the Colchester Community Food Shelf.

Please click here for a fun video about the UMS/Tuberville/Colchester Community Food Shelf collaboration!

The Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017 includes Pathway C: Learning Outside Our Four Walls; Pathway E: Parent, Community, and School Partnerships Among Lifelong Learners; and Pathway F: Wellness-Oriented, Balanced, and Healthy Learners—and this community partnership speaks to all three.

A row of freshly dug potatoes
A row of freshly dug potatoes

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