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Local pupils will be amongst hundreds of thousands of children planting potatoes this month as part of Potato Council’s Grow Your Own Potatoes project.

TV chef and food writer Sophie Grigson will be joining year five pupils from Berrymede Junior School at the Kids Cookery School, Acton on Tuesday 17th March – where they will plant their potatoes, and learn about the importance of a healthy balanced diet.

This year’s Grow Your Own Potatoes project is the largest ever – with 375,000 pupils registered to take part. To celebrate, Potato Council have invited Berrymede Junior School pupils to plant their potatoes at the Kids Cookery School, assisted by potato grower Graham Nichols.

The pupils will also be treated to a cookery demonstration by Sophie Grigson, who will be showing them how to make simple, healthy potato dishes. At a time when less children are learning to cook at home than in previous generations, Sophie will demonstrate to the pupils how to make a range of dishes from potato wedges to mash.

The Grow Your Own potatoes project, linked to the National Curriculum, will help teachers to educate pupils about the potato's role in a healthy diet. Pupils in over 12,500 classrooms across the country will be challenged to plant, grow and harvest the heaviest yield of potatoes this year. A series of simple potato recipes have been put together in conjunction with the British Nutrition Foundation to demonstrate the potato’s versatility and value.

For further information on the Grow Your Own Potatoes project visit





March 12, 2009