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McCains Field to Fork project

In the UK, we eat an average of 105 kg of potatoes per person, per year - which means that potatoes are in great demand right through the year.


At Becontree, all the classes from Nursery to Year 6 will be going spud crazy and attempting to, again, grow their own bumper crop of potatoes!


There are actually 3 main seasons when you can plant potatoes - the main times are January, April and September and it takes about 8 weeks for the potato seed to reach harvesting time - usually around when the plant is flowering. We will be growing our potatoes from the end of March to the beginning of June. Once harvested, the potatoes will be cooked up and served as part of school dinners with a special pudding surprise.


It's important to note not all potatoes are suitable for growing a crop of new potatoes from - you couldn't just use the odd looking potato that has fallen down the back of the cupboard! This is because there is a risk you will be planting a seed that may not be perfectly healthy and you may end up with a disappointing crop. You need to ensure you get specially grown seed potatoes to grow the tastiest crop.


Did you know that the main areas for growing potatoes in the UK are East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire? Or that there are over 4,000 different varieties of potato?