Harvesting has been one of my absolute favorite things we've done all semester at Howdy Farm. Each vegetable is harvested in different ways depending on how they are grown. This semester we have harvested:
Sweet potatoes were the hardest to harvest because we had to completely dig up the sweet potatoes since they grow underground. So we were pretty much on our hands and knees digging in the dirt for these massive sweet potatoes. We ended up with over 100 pounds of sweet potatoes and there's a high possibility that there were some that we missed. Okra were the least fun to harvest because okra grow on these tall looking tree type plants and they have these fuzzy hairs all over them. So naturally on my first day at the farm I harvested okra and broke out in a huge rash all over my arms, hands and even my legs! I learned my lesson really fast to invest in some good gloves to prevent that from happening again.
Green beans were my favorite to harvest because you actually got to search through the plants they grow on and look for all of the beans that are ready. You never really knew how many beans you were going to find so I think I enjoyed the green beans because it was kind of like a game of hide-and-seek.
I'm going to miss harvesting at the farm once my internship is over. It was always so rewarding seeing the vegetables that you started from seed become this big beautiful plant that someone was now going to enjoy eating.