Herne CE Junior School, Kent

10 February 2010

“We loved growing our own potatoes so much that we’ve bought a poly tunnel to get more children involved in growing at school!” As Teaching Assistant Mrs Sherrie Tappenden commented to local potato farmer Nick Tapp, after pupils used the school garden to grow an impressive crop of potatoes.

The potatoes from Herne Juniors tipped the scales at 3.6kg – the heaviest crop of Vales Emerald potato variety grown as part of the project in 2009 – winning the school a colourful eco friendly picnic bench as a prize.

Sherrie said: “Taking part in Grow Your Own Potatoes is so simple; you register, receive your kit and away you go! The children were involved right from the start and it has inspired us to try our hand at growing many other types of plants and vegetables – and with our poly tunnel we can do it all year round.

The school has achieved Healthy School Status and is proud of its commitment to healthy eating, with a varied menu focusing on using fresh, locally sourced produce – even potatoes from the garden thanks to the Grow Your Own Potatoes scheme!

Herne CE Junior School, Kent

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