ONE SEED FORWARD

A Community Growing Initiative

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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 oneseedforward@gmail.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!

Lady Balfour

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 oneseedforward@gmail.com 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!

Cara

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!

Red Duke of York

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 oneseedforward@gmail.com

Maris Bard

Our seed potatoes are ordered!

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 oneseedforward@gmail.com

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’re getting ready for 2018!

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 oneseedforward@gmail.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.

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

 

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