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Free Potatoes for Schools

free potatoes for schools

Potato House is a proud sponsor of Grow Your Own Potatoes where all primary schools in the UK are invited to grow potatoes! What a fantastically simple idea – to give out free potatoes for schools to grow, but obviously there is a huge amount of admin behind the scenes and to take part each school needs to register each year. We would like to thank the wonderful people at AHDB for facilitating this initiative.

We really enjoy being part of this project and seeing how the children enjoy growing their own food and being outside. The pack arrives ready for the potatoes to chit on a window and there are detailed instructions along with competitions and recipe ideas. The dates are chosen to allow the children to harvest and cook their potatoes before the summer holidays. We are also very delighted to note that the biggest yield UK-wide in 2020 was from one of our potatoes! Read more about the competition winners here.

Listen to a podcast about GYOP – recordings from teachers, children and industry highlighting perfectly what a fantastic project GYOP is.

PS the variety was Colleen in case you are wondering!

Free Potatoes for Schools
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Alyth Tattie Champion Chips!

In 2020 we supplied 200 local children with nets with 3 tubers, one each of Arran Victory, Colleen and Pink Gypsy. The dedicated Facebook page was buzzing with pictures of children planting, taking care of, harvesting and eating their crop. With 9 prizes up for grabs such as best yield for each crop, best overall yield, funniest looking potato and best photo of a flower, donated by the local chippie, The Alyth Fish And Chip Shop the kids really had a good project for lockdown. This article is from the Blairgowrie Advertiser

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Alyth Tattie Champion Chips Update

In May, Potato House handed out over 200 nets to children in two local villages for the inaugural Alyth Tattie ChampionChips! The nets contained 1 each of Colleen, Arran Victory and Pink Gypsy. There was a huge buzz around the facebook page as the youngsters planted, grew and ate their crop. Prizes were donated by the local Chippie for the best yield for each variety, the best overall yield, the biggest tattie, the best up-cycled container, the weirdest looking tattie, the best pic of beastie or flower and the best-cooked dish (judging was done virtually).

We had some fabulous entries for the container – from an old pair of boots to “bags for life ” from supermarkets. Some people had made their own containers. The pictures of the flowers and beasties were really amazing – the judge had a hard job there and the cooked dishes all looked so tasty.

We really enjoyed this fun competition! Arm could well be twisted to do it in 2021! We do enjoy seeing kids outside getting grubby and learning about growing. This year has been tough for all but especially tough on youngsters – we hope that this long-term project gave them something to focus on.

Congratulations to all the winners and also a huge thank you to all who took part as well as the Alyth judges, Marian Bruce from Highland Boundary and Marcello Franceschi from Alyth Fish and Chip Shop who also donated the prizes and George Annan from Alyth Youth Partnership and Coupar Angus Market Garden who helped with the distribution.

Some of the winners

Other entries in the various competitions