4-H clubs selling sweet potatoes _lowres

Photo provided by West Feliciana Parish 4-H -- Attending a recent 4-H sewing workshop, from left, are Cassidy Wheeler, Abby Guillory, Cierra Miller, Jordan Verdicanno, Julie Pilcher, Volunteer Leader, Rowdy Anthony, Skylar Evans, Kristen Lee, Kaitlyn Butler and Arianna Allen. Proceeds from the annual 4-H sweet potato sale fund club activities through the year.

It’s sweet potato time. West Feliciana 4-H clubs are taking orders for 40-pound boxes of kiln-dried, baking-size sweet potatoes that are grown in Louisiana.

4-H’ers win prizes and incentives for participation in the sale. The annual fundraiser helps support numerous parish 4-H activities.

Last year, 4-H’ers sold 1,800 boxes, and this year’s goal is to sell 2,000 boxes of sweet potatoes.

This is the 15th year the West Feliciana 4-H program has sold sweet potatoes. The sale not only benefits the 4-H program but it provides buyers with a Louisiana agricultural product that is delicious, nutritious and perfect for the season, Andre Brock said. The sweet potatoes come from growers in the Opelousas area, Brock said.

Proceeds are used to purchase incentives and educational materials, for transportation expenses, to fund a local 4-H scholarship and to provide other support for 4-H programs and activities.

Orders will be taken through Oct. 31 or until the order limit is reached. All orders must be prepaid by check or money order. Sweet potatoes will be available for pickup around the third full week of November; exact dates will be provided to buyers as delivery plans are finalized.

Members of the parish 4-H clubs receive clover bucks for selling the sweet potato boxes.

Interested people who do not have contact with a 4-H member can call the 4-H office at (225) 635-3614 to receive an order form. The Agricultural Center 4-H office is in St. Francisville in the parish governmental building, 5924 Commerce St.