Seed potatoes up for grabs

Mar 26, 2014
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Jim Geenan, with The Open Door Ministry, is pictured holding some seed potatoes. The Society of St. Andrew recently received a 45,000 pound donation of seed potatoes and is in the process of distributing them to those in need.

The Society of St. Andrew recently received a donation of 45,000 pounds of white superior certified seed potatoes from Thibeau Farms in Fort Fairfield, Maine, for distribution.

The seed potatoes are being given to those who are challenged by food security and/or those who would like to “plant a row or two” for distribution to food pantries, soup kitchens, and senior citizen centers throughout Haywood County and Western North Carolina. This includes a potential 30 distribution sites once the potatoes are harvested by the growers or gathered by the Haywood Gleaners.

The Society of St. Andrew invites farmers, gardeners, government agencies, community gardens and other food producers to consider this challenge.

This year’s forecast of potato prices will adversely impact those already struggling with the means to purchase fresh produce. It is hoped the potato donation will somewhat help ease the situation.

The Haywood County Schools Nutrition Office on Crabtree Road has allowed Society of St. Andrew to use their warehouse for temporary storage of the seed potatoes, and many have others have already committed to planting potatoes. Rose of Sharon Ministries in Canton has also helped with the seed potato distribution.

For more information about potato donations or how to help, call Bill Walker of the Society of St. Andrew at 828-273-0025 or Jim Geenen at 828-508-4289.