One of the latest projects Slow Food Madison is sponsoring and actively involved with is the Madison Sweet Potato Project.
The basics of this project are to help people around the Madison area grow sweet potatoes in their backyards, community plots, or farm fields. Then in the fall, those growers will donate half of all those sweet potatoes to a local food pantry of their choice.
The Sweet Potato Project (SPP) has ordered 7,500 sweet potato slips and is now in the process of having people sign up to plant them when they arrive in late spring – usually around the beginning of June. The SPP is also providing workshops on how to grow sweet potatoes in our growing zone.
Depending on the weather mother nature brings us in 2013, the SPP expects to have 10,000 lbs of sweet potatoes donated to Madison area food pantries.