Grow Your Own Potatoes (Planting)*

4 March 2020

We want children to know the importance of home grown produce! Our hands-on experiences will demonstrate how to grow and enjoy potatoes and celery as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

 Just £3.60 (inc VAT) per child for two-part event

 This spud-tacular event gives children the chance to plant their own seed potatoes, take them back to their schools, and learn how to look after them. They come back to the Showground later in the year to harvest their crop, have it weighed, and make delicious potato dishes.

 “A wonderful opportunity for children to grow their own food. The activities were really hands on and the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed it” – William Law CoE Primary

Watch our 2019 event here:

Planting of the Seed Potatoes and Celery

  • “Tatty Planting Time” – Historic
  • re-enactment with Violet and Farmer Clive
  • Learn about planting cycles and farm machinery used
  • Understand inputs and outputs of a metre square field of potatoes
  • Hands-on planting for children of potatoes and celery

Harvesting of the Crops

  • Historic re-enactment – picking, sorting and riddling with Violet and Farmer Clive
  • Harvest and weigh your potatoes. Compete to see which school had the best crop!
  • Learn how potatoes and celery fit into a healthy diet
  • Understand consumer choice and taste a variety of potato dishes

This event makes children curious about their food and where it comes from, and the learning continues long after we get back to school. I am sure that as a result of growing their own vegetables, the children are more willing to try them.

Newark Hill Academy

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