We are pleased to let you know where you can pick up your free seed potatoes for the coming growing season. Details of the varieties we have will be on our website oneseedforward.co.uk in the next few days. We hope to have a selection at most venues but this will be subject to availability. All of these events are FREE to enter too!
Tuesday March 6th 7-9pm ACA Climate Café @ Waterstone’s, Union Street, Aberdeen.
We are giving a talk as part of the Aberdeen Climate Action Café series about food growing in the North East, so come along and pick up your free seed potatoes and be part of the new community being created on the evening. Please note we will only be giving out Red Duke of York, a great first early variety, at this event. Doors open at 6.30pm and it is first come first served, so get there early and get a good seat!
Sunday March 18th 11am-3pm Seedy Sunday @ Aden Country Park, Mintlaw
This was a great event last year and as well as ourselves there are seed swaps, demonstrations, talks and workshops. This was our busiest event last year and is sure to be a great day
Saturday March 24th 11am-3pm Green Family Fun Day @ Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen
We are delighted to have a stall at this Climate Week North East 2018 day out as we support this year’s series of events. Lots of other activities for the young and old alike, so come along and find us to get your freebies. We will be beside the Slow Food Aberdeen City & Shire Taste Adventure stall which is great fun for children aged 5-12, taking their senses on a journey with food with interactive games.
Saturday March 24th 10am-3pm Deveron Projects @ No.11 Gordon Street, Huntly
We will be giving away seed potatoes again this year after supporting the Town is the Garden project last year. Deveron Projects will have free veg seeds and there will be other events during the day such as a seed bombing workshop, walk/talk with a forager and lunch at No.11
We hope that you can come along to one of these and pick up free seed potatoes so you can get growing and be part of our community. Lots of information about how to grow can be found on our website www.oneseedforward.co.uk
We are happy to answer any questions about growing and we also love to get photos and updates about how your growing season is going. Either like and post a message on our Facebook page One Seed Forward or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Time to tell you about a new variety that we are giving away this year. Red Emmalie is an early maincrop oval tuber, with red skin and red flesh. It is ideal for mashing and boiling and will retain its colour, making a great new addition and fun for the family meal!
We will be publishing details of where you can get your seed potatoes at the weekend. We will be at various events throughout Aberdeen City & Shire and they are all free to enter, just come along and collect free seed potatoes!
Today’s seed potato we have for you is another favourite from last year, Lady Balfour. This is an early maincrop oval tuber, with cream skin and pale yellow flesh, and was a good cropper last season.
It is named after Eve Balfour who inspired the soil association and was a pioneer of the organic movement.
Remember we give away all our seed potatoes for free to schools, groups and individuals. We are still taking allocations requests from schools and groups so please share with anyone who you think would like to take part and have them email us at email@example.com
And if you are an individual, we are getting ready for big free giveaways at events in March in Aberdeen and the Shire. Watch out for details in the next few days!
We are excited to be giving away this speciality heritage potato this year – Violetta. It has purple skin with purple flesh and is an early maincrop variety. Boil, mash or bake, these oval tubers will retain their colour if cooked with the skins on, and are high in anti oxidants making them a healthy eating option!
Event details will be posted shortly to let you know where you can pick up your free seed potatoes, and we still have room for schools and community groups to get involved, so get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a group and want to get some free seeds to grow.
Cara was one of our popular varieties last season and we are happy to provide it again this year. A maincrop potato, it is round with a white and pink skin and floury white flesh, making it ideal for baking, boiling or chips.
OSF give away free seed potatoes to anyone interested in trying to grow their own produce. We are arranging stalls at events where you can pick up your chosen variety, details to follow next month.
And remember if you are a school or community group we have lots of potatoes to give you, free of charge, to start growing together. Please share and let’s get lots more people of all ages involved!
Our next variety that we are giving away this season is a new one to our project, but an old well known favourite. A heritage potato from 1942, Red Duke of York is an early variety that is a great all rounder for cooking. It has a lovely red skin and creamy white flesh – the skin won’t fade during cooking if you leave it on, adding colour and nutrients to your meal.
Please share and let people know about One Seed Forward’s community growing initiative, especially if you are a school or community group. And individuals aren’t being left out, we are organising pick up locations for you too, so stay posted!
Time to tell you about the potatoes we are giving away this year. Let’s start with Maris Bard, a first early variety with creamy skin and white flesh. These grew well last year and will be our main seed potato for schools as it should be ready before the summer holidays. They are great for salads, boiling or chips.
Remember to get in touch if you are a school or community group and want to take part in our growing initiative by sending us an email at email@example.com
We are now starting to plan our community growing programme for the coming season, and have ordered our seed potatoes for an early February delivery to ourselves.
At this time we are prioritising school groups and community based projects. So, if you are a teacher or know of a school that would like to take part in our project, please get in touch (or ask the head teacher to contact us) so we can get you on the list. Similarly, if you are involved in, or know of, a community group that would like to get some free seed potatoes then send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For all our individual participants, we are still planning the venues we are intending to be at in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire where you can come along and collect some seed potatoes. We will have some new varieties for you to try as well as some of the ones that were successful amongst our growers last season.
We will be posting details of our collection events in the next few weeks, so keep an eye open for our emails or follow us on the One Seed Forward Facebook page
We are starting to plan our community growing programme for next year, and soon we will be ordering our seed potatoes for an early February delivery.
This year we are going to be doing things slightly differently though. We are prioritising school groups and community based projects, with the intention to place our free seeds to these groups first. So, if you are a teacher or know of a school that would like to take part in our project, please get in touch (or ask the head teacher to contact us) so we can get you on the list. Similarly, if you are involved in, or know of, a community group that would like to get some free seed potatoes then send us an email to email@example.com
We are not forgetting about all our individual participants though! We would still like you to take part, but we won’t be allocating and delivering seed potatoes as we did last year. We are early in the planning stage at the moment, but we are intending to be at 3 or 4 one off venues in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire where you can come along and collect some seed potatoes. We will have some new varieties for you to try as well as some of the ones that were successful amongst our growers last season.
We will be posting details of our collection events in the new year.
We had a lot of fun being on the SHMU radio yesterday talking about our projects. Give it a listen – though we got cut off before Motörhead came on!
And get in touch with us if you are a school or community group and want to be on our list for seed potatoes or if you have time to volunteer with us.