WCF Horticulture, a leading packer and supply chain manager to the horticultural sector has been helping local schools around Perth and Kinross to dig deep in a bid to educate them about the origins of the food they eat.
The Mr Jazzy Potato Project, organised by the Perth & Kinross Initiative of the Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) and sponsored by WCF Horticulture, encourages classes to grow and harvest their own potatoes.
This year over 60 classes (almost 2000 pupils) from across Perth & Kinross took part in the project, which shows the children the gradually unfolding story of the spud and how food and farming are linked.
Top of the crops in the 2019 competition and winning the cup was the P2/3 class from Abernethy Primary School who won the ‘Heaviest Crop of Potatoes’.
Miriam Doe, Seed Manager of WCF Horticulture, said “Jazzy is a premium salad variety which is making a big impact on the UK Potato Scene. Jazzy is already a fun brand which has really engaged the children and they have particularly enjoyed the prolific nature of the variety. The Mr Jazzy Potato Project is fun and educational covering a range of learning outcomes very much hands-on and enjoy learning how to grow potatoes and how they fit into a healthy balanced diet”.
The project is particularly popular with teachers "The whole process, from the talk by your experts, to the harvesting of the crop of potatoes has been a marvellous vehicle for us to support the children’s learning across the entire curriculum. From literacy, health and well-being to the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and maths. We have covered them all." Mrs Thomson, Morrison's Academy