On an unseasonably warm Sunday in late October, a dozen members of the Warwick Community Garden gathered to harvest the fruits of their labors. All of the garden crops did well this season — tomatoes, beans, greens, etc. — but because they grow out of sight, the sweet potato crop was an unknown until the digging began.
Following the instructions of Master Gardener Bernice Mulch and Sara Werling, members loosened the soil around the edges of the bed with turning forks and then got down on their hands and knees to gently dig out the potatoes by hand. As the careful digging progressed, people compared the process to an archeological dig where precious artifacts were being unearthed.
At one point, a member said, “Oh, I’ve got a big one! Wait, there’s two! No, four!” and that captured the spirit of fun and abundance that is what the Community Garden has achieved in each of its eight seasons.