The Mr Jazzy Potato Project has launched to encourage school children to ‘dig deep’ to learn about what they are eating.
50 classes from local schools around Perth and Kinross, Scotland, have been urged to grow and harvest their own potatoes from scratch to help them learn of the ‘gradually unfolding story’ of the spud and how food and farming are linked.
The project was launched earlier this week when teacher’s attended a briefing session and collected their Jazzy seed potatoes, Haddo grow bags and compost.
It is sponsored by WCF Horticulture, who specialise in seed potatoes, and was organised by the Perth and Kinross initiative of the Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET).
Miriam Doe, seed manager of WCF Horticulture, said: “Jazzy is a premium salad variety which is making a big impact on the UK Potato Scene.
“Jazzy is already a fun brand which really engaged the children last year and they particularly enjoyed the prolific nature of the variety.
“Pupils are very much hands-on and enjoy learning how to grow potatoes and how they fit into a healthy balanced diet.”
Once planted, the classes will spend four months caring for the potatoes before a visit from a RHET volunteer who will assist with the harvesting, counting and weighing of the potatoes.
The schools will also be visited by RHET’s own ‘Potato Professor’, Mr John Marshall, who will talk pupils through how potatoes are eaten: how they grow, how they are farmed, the different varieties and the health benefits.