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.
Thanks to the Evening Express for their article about our project. If you would like to lend a hand this Saturday, November 25th we will be at Tullos Primary school from 10am until 1pm. Teas and coffees and chocolate biscuits for all volunteers!
We are delighted to let you know that One Seed Forward have just been announced as one of this year’s recipients from the Skipton’s Grassroots Giving fund.
This was voted for by members of the public, so we would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who voted and shared our posts to have others vote too.
The £500 award will allow us to run our project again next year, with the money used solely to purchase seed potatoes and other seeds to be given away for free to groups and individuals and get more people involved in growing their own fruit and veg.
So thank you again, we are really humbled for your support and we couldn’t do this without you!
OSF were with volunteers from The Allotment Market Stall on Friday evening at the RGU vegan cafe in Ruthrieston Community Centre. It was great to see the students make meals from food that would otherwise go to waste. And nice to hear that they used some of their potatoes grown from OSF seeds as part of the meal.
We are all for community growing and community eating!
Waking up to a sharp frost this morning was enough of an incentive to lift the last of the potatoes we had grown at home in bags from our seeds. From left to right in the picture we have Arran Victory, Setanta and Lady Balfour. Considering we had already lifted 0.5kg of each of these a few weeks ago, we are pretty happy with the amount of potatoes we got from two seeds of each variety. These are now drying off in the shed then will be cleaned and put up into the loft for eating later.
If you have any still to lift, we would love to see some photos of them when you do!
Sorry for not posting anything for a while. We have been on our holidays and are also getting involved in an exciting new project that we hope to tell you about soon. In the meantime, here is some nice news about our initiative from one of our participating groups:
We heard from Christeen from Lairhillock School that Mrs Blair and her class harvested some potatoes and cooked them as wedges, which everyone enjoyed. They have also decided as a group that some of their harvest is going to be passed on to the local foodbank.
Thanks to the teachers and kids for supporting the project and for showing true community spirit by donating some of their crop to others!