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Spudmobile stops by Eagle River Elementary School Submitted: 02/23/2016
Story By Nolan Blair

Spudmobile stops by Eagle River Elementary School
EAGLE RIVER - The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association Spudmobile rolled up to Eagle River Elementary School Tuesday.

"The goal of the Spudmobile is introduce to the students where they're food comes from—it doesn't just show up at PicknSave, Kwik Trip," said Spudmobile coordinator Jim Zdriok.


The Spudmobile came to Eagle River as part of the school's Farm to School Program. Each month the program brings in locally and regionally produced foods to cafeterias and classrooms.

"This month they are local Wisconsin potatoes," said Northland Pines Farm to School Nutrition Educator Jasmyn Schmidt. "So we thought to pair that with the Spudmobile so they could learn where they came from."

The students learned about the stages of potato growth, the different uses of Wisconsin potatoes, and the  good bugs and bad bugs potatoes attract. 

The students also got to meet a potato farmer from the area.

"We plant, grow, and harvest and get it to the stores," said Eagle River Seed Farm, LLC's Ron Krueger. "It's part of our lives, and it's an opportunity to maybe make it a part of theirs."

Students got to learn some interesting facts about potatoes as well.

"I never knew a potato grew in space," said Eagle River Elementary student Gab Canas.

A potato was the first vegetable ever grown in space.







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