Young British ‘spuds’ get back to their roots

Primary school children were invited onto a Perthshire potato farm to discover the backstory to the great British potato.

Potato growers Bruce Farms opened their doors to primary school students this week to learn about all things potatoes.

Children from three primary schools spent the day learning about machinery and technology used to farm potatoes, as well as nutrition, soils and varieties.

The event was part of the AHDB’s Strategic Farm programme, which aims to show children the importance and nutrition of potatoes, with top Edinbirgh chef Carina Contini also giving a masterclass in how to prepare them. 

Event co-organiser, Alix Ritchie from RHET, said: “The pupils gained a real insight into all aspects of potato growing and production and it was a great way to help children make the links about where their food comes. 

“They learned through hands-on activities how science, technology, engineering and maths play an integral role in food production.”

The event was supported by other local companies including Branston, Soil Essentials, Strathisla Farms and WCF Horticulture.

Full report on Fruitnet here