Photos: Potatoes with deep roots

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2009

First: Children do a final check for tubers during a sustainable harvest camp held Friday by 4-H and the state Department of Fish & Game at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum. Merrill Jensen, manager of the arboretum, put in 350 heirloom potato plants this year. The potatoes were grown hundreds of years ago by Native Alaskan communities. The potato plants came from seed potatoes from the personal garden of Richard and Nora Dauenhauer, who got their seeds from Maria Miller's garden in Haines. Miller was a Tlingit elder who died in 1995. Second: Children bring up a wheelbarrow full of potatoes during the camp. Third: Emily Watts, 7, shows off one of the smaller spuds she found. To see an audio slideshow of the sustainable harvest camp, click here.

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