Growing Sweet Potatoes and Corn

Growing Sweet Potatoes and Corn

Just thinking about the corn on the cob, with the melted butter and salt makes one hungry! Not to mention the sweet potatoes mashed up with butter and maple syrup. Looking forward to Thanksgiving.

But before we get there, let's take a moment to appreciate the people who make it possible. If you're from the midwest, or if you've ever driven across America on I-80, you know this is a country filled with corn. What a lot of us aren't aware of- that corn isn't for human consumption. Most of it goes to animal feed or to ethanol.

Chuck Wirtz has been growing corn since he was a young man, and over the years has transitioned from conventional to organic production- largely because it means he gets a higher pay price, and he doesn't have to spray roundup. Today, he does indeed grow corn for humans. He still loves the efficiencies of modern production, and knows how much time his 16-row combine saves the farm.

Calvin Riggleman is a military hero and a local food hero. After coming back from combat in Iraq, his military buddies forced him to name the farm Bigg Riggs- which was his nickname in the service. Calvin's a mulit-generational vegetable farmer and no stranger to growing the sweet potatoes, kale, swiss chard- you name it- that will be on hundreds of family plates in West Virginia, Virginia and DC - where his farm sells produce.

So go ahead- dig in to those sweet potatoes- and choose the method by which you will eat the corn-on-the cob. Typewriter style or anarchy? Just remember- every once in a while- to have a moment of thanks for the folks who put the food on your plate.

November 21, 2023, 05:45 PM

05:45 PM - 06:15 PM

About The Speakers

Calvin Riggleman

Calvin Riggleman

Founder, Bigg Riggs Farm

Calvin is a lifelong farmer and resident of Hampshire County, West Virginia, where his family has been farming for five generations.


Chuck Wirtz

Chuck Wirtz

Lifelong farmer in West Bend, Iowa