Mr Jazzy Potato Project launches

Teachers at the launch of Mr Jazzy Potato Project
Norette Ferns

Schoolchildren in Perth and Kinross are taking part in a project encouraging classes to grow and harvest their own potatoes from scratch.

The Mr Jazzy Potato Project, organised by the Perth & Kinross Initiative of the Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) and sponsored by WCF Horticulture, aims to show the children the gradually unfolding story of the potato and how food and farming are linked.

The project launched earlier this month when teachers attended a briefing session and collected their Jazzy seed potatoes, Haddo grow bags and compost – all donated by WCF.

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. The Mr Jazzy Potato Project is fun and educational covering a range of learning outcomes. Pupils are very much hands-on and enjoy learning how to grow potatoes and how they fit into a healthy balanced diet."

Fifty classes are taking part this year. And they will now spend four months caring for the potatoes culminating in a visit from a RHET volunteer who will assist with the harvesting, counting and weighing of the potatoes.

In addition, schools are visited by RHET’s own ‘Potato Professor’ Mr John Marshall who talks pupils through how we eat potatoes, how they grow, how they are farmed, the different varieties and the health benefits of the mighty spud.

Alix Ritchie, Project Coordinator at The Royal Highland Educational Trust Perth & Kinross said:

"We have had great support from the teachers who are all very enthusiastic about the project. This year we have created a Teacher’s pack which has a number of different worksheets for pupils linking with many of the Learning Outcomes within The Curriculum for Excellence."

Visit the RHET website for more information.