Grow Your Own Potatoes
Grow Your own Potatoes is a project that teaches primary aged children all about potatoes. With almost 2 million primary school children benefiting from this classroom experience that is linked to the National Curriculum, children learn how potatoes grow and how they fit in to a healthy balanced diet.
How to Register
All you have to do is register your school at www.growyourownpotatoes.org.uk by 26th January 2018 to receive a FREE potato growing kit. You can also use the supporting lesson plans and worksheets and, for a chance to win fabulous prizes for your school, enter the competition once you have harvested. All schools can register to take part in the project organised by ADHB (Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board). If you would also like to attend the Grow Your Own Potatoes challenge events please read the information below and download a booking form.
Alongside this initiative, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society will be holding the Grow Your Own Potatoes Challenge on the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. This event is intended for Key Stage 2 pupils (maximum 30 pupils per school). The challenge is being held over the following two days:
Tuesday 6th March 2018 – Planting Day
A half-day session (am or pm) to include planting your potatoes, which you will have received after registering with AHDB Potatoes. You will also experience other workshops including learning about the history of the potato and tasting different varieties. You will then take the potatoes back to school to care for them and hope that they grow into a prize-winning crop!
Tuesday 19th June 2018 – Harvesting Day
A half-day session (am or pm) when the potatoes will be harvested, weighed and the results recorded. Following this the pupils will be joined by our chef to prepare a potato dish and learn more about the potato farming process. The session will finish with a presentation to our winners!
How to book to attend the additional events
Apply to join the challenge being held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on Tuesday 6th March & Tuesday 19th June 2018 by completing the booking form and returning it as soon as possible. Please note that schools must commit to both dates in order to see the project through from start to finish. Places are limited and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Remember to also register at www.growyourownpotatoes.org.uk before 26th January 2018 to receive your free seed potatoes from AHDB Potatoes and bring these with you to the events.
For further information please contact Kate Kirby, Charitable Activities Coordinator, on 01423 546283 or email [email protected]