Potato Challenge for Schools is back!
The Newbury & District Agricultural Society are once again hosting the very popular Potato Challenge for Schools, run by the Potato Council.
Each year, primary schools can register with the Potato Council to receive kits containing seed potatoes to chit, and planting bags. Its a very fun and educational project that encourages children to plant, care for and harvest their own potato plants, whilst helping to teach them about the origins of food and the importance of eating potatoes as part of a balanced diet.
The society will see 120 children visit the showground on Monday 14th March, where they will take part in various fun activities such as a blind potato crisp challenge, decorating potato cakes, demonstrations and tastings of potato salads and potato chocolate cake!
On Tuesday 15th March, we take the challenge to Parlaunt Park Primary School in Slough.
After the event, the children will take their bags back to school where they will grow their potatoes. They will then return to the showground in June when they will harvest their crops and make a potato salad. Prizes will be awarded to the highest yields.
Visit www.gyop.potato.org.uk for more information.