A Community Growing Initiative

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Aberdeen School Garden project

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!

Aberdeen schoolkids set to dig in to create new garden space


Thank you!

500 Thank Yous!

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!

Last Liftings

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!

Our OSF Cara potatoes

To celebrate the start of the tattie holidays we lifted our Cara from the plot today. From 8 seed potatoes planted, 12kg of potatoes harvested and one extra special one!

Happy days 😊❤️

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!

Please vote for us!

Please vote for us!

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for a £500 grant from the Skipton grassroots giving project. Only the projects with the most votes will receive money, so please can you vote for us. It will allow us to run our seed project again next year.
Could you also share with all your family, friends and contacts and ask them to vote for us too? Please click on the link below. Thanks!


One Seed Forward is going to be at the Huntly Hairst tomorrow, September 2nd, with our friends from Slow Food Aberdeen City & Shire and Deveron Projects.

As well as doing a talk and cooking demo of some of our potato varieties at 1.30pm, we will be doing a demo on things to do with any excess vegetables you have at 10.30am. We will also be on the stalls to receive any potatoes that you have grown as part of the project and want to donate back to us. In line with our commitment to the community eating experience, we will be using these at the Brander Garden in Huntly from 7pm for Deveron Project’s fire pit bbq. All are welcome.

And we will be giving way more free seeds! Come and get some Spring Onions for you to grow over the winter, and be part of our community growing initiative.

We would like to say a big thank you to all those we met up at the Wild About Aden event this week. It was great to be able to hand out a lot of free spring onion seeds to get people involved in growing their own – and fun chasing the leaflets when the gusts of wind blew them away.
An extra big thanks to all of you who brought back some of your crop to us. A small selection of it is in the photos below, with the Jones’s huge Caras impressing us all. We donated the potatoes to Banff Day Services, a community based service meeting the needs of adults with learning difficulties living in the community after leaving hospital or full time education.

Our OSF Salad Blues

We took up the two shaws planted in our ACC bag and one shaw from the allotment yesterday. Rather disappointed with the results. The allotment ones were very small and weighed in at 0.5kg, the ones grown in the bag were 1.5kg but showed signs of potato scab.
There are various reasons for scab but as we have been growing our bag seed potatoes in exactly the same new compost it can’t be spores retained from previous crops. It may have been a lack of watering – we will have to see what our other crops look like. We have posted a couple of photos sent from other growers who were asking about scab on their potatoes.
It doesn’t look nice but if you peel back (as we have done on the the potatoes on the left hand side) then they will eat okay. It will impact the storage though and we will keep you posted on how they well these ones keep.
Part of the fun of growing your own!

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