Grow Your Own Potatoes
, the largest primary school growing project from the UK potato industry, is well on its way to smash targets for 2010!Over 10,000 primary schools
have already registered at www.potatoesforschools.org.uk
to take part in the scheme, which successfully helps to educate young children about potatoes. This year, Potato Council has encouraged even more key figures and organisations to participate and lend their support to the project.
Since the project began over 750,000 children have taken part and it is now being replicated around the world.
Planting takes place in March and in June, classrooms unearth their crop.
Bill Graham, Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) Head of Education says: “There is no doubt that Grow Your Own Potatoes is a flagship project that is really making a difference. The key to its success is that it is just so easy to take part and the project can be incorporated into the curriculum in a wide variety of ways. I look forward to the time when all schools will be taking part in this scheme.”
Potato companies can still recruit schools: registration closes on 5 February 2010.