Genuine Jersey’s annual Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition is back for 2020.
And they're off! Today marked the start of the annual Genuine Jersey Jersey Royal Growing Competition, which your Society has sponsored for the past six years.
All 32 primary schools in Jersey, parish constables, the media and WI branches are taking part in the competition. Each group was given a bucket, two Jersey Royal seed potatoes, compost and fertiliser.
The competition sees primary school children and islanders compete to grow the heaviest crop of Jersey Royals and to achieve the highest yield.
The event educates island children about the importance of healthy eating and growing their own food, as well as learning about fresh, local produce and Jersey’s heritage.
Meet some of those taking part
Over the next ten weeks we will be following pupils at Springfield Schools’ progress. We took a trolley load of buckets, compost and seed potatoes to them and wished them well.
Pupils from every year at the school will be taking part in the competition and each class has their own bucket of potatoes to try and grow.
Lots of excited children – who have been named the Kings and Queens of Potatoes - got their hands dirty and covered their seed potatoes with compost and ‘magic dust’ [fertiliser.]
Anthea Carroll, deputy head teacher of Springfield School, said: ‘It’s really important, as a town school, that we do things like this and teach the children about growing.
‘Around 98 per cent of our pupils don’t have any access at home to an outdoor area so it’s so important we get the children outside. Every class is taking part and we run an internal competition as well to see who can grow the most and the heaviest potatoes.’
Amari, aged 7, said: ‘I love Jersey Royals and I am really excited to start growing some at school. I’m going to check on them every day.’
We will be checking in with pupils at the school every few weeks to see how they are getting on.