About GYOP

About the project

Launched in 2005, Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP) was one of the first primary school based growing projects. Since then, it has become the largest of its kind with over 5 million children taking part in learning where potatoes come from, how they grow and the health benefits. The straightforward and hands-on nature of the GYOP project makes it perfect for young pupils.

Schools that register to take part (before the end of January) receive a FREE growing kit containing everything they need, to grow a successful crop.

Watch this video and see how Nancy Reuben Primary School managed to achieve 1830g of Jazzy to be crowned South East regional winners for 2019!


We are now taking registrations for 2022 project. Kits are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.


Competition prizes will be reviewed for 2022 and details to follow








Free Pack

Your 2021 growing kit will include:

  • Instruction leaflet, including classroom poster with key dates
  • Details of the NEW Block of Work
  • 2 x nets of seed potatoes (national and regional)
  • 2 x HADO grow-bags
  • Chitting tray- you will find this built into the lid of your box

Using your chitting tray: Simply pull open the tray and remove the contents. Fold the tray back into place and support it with the small tab at the back of the box. Pop out the seven round disks in your tray and rest your seed potatoes on top making sure the chits are facing up. Remove the outer lid along the perforation.

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National & regional partners

For 2022 project all schools will receive the same two varieties:


🥔 Casablanca x 4 tubers, one to be used in the beneath the soil project. - A lovely smooth first early.  It is what children will associate with potatoes and will feel safe growing and eating these.  We have a great experiment for you to do with your children the extra tuber. 

🥔 Sarpo Una x 3 tubers. - A smooth second early variety.  We want children to be excited about different colours and textures and this variety fits the bill with red skin and creamy flesh.

Not a primary school?

Due to changes in the GYOP project, we are unable to supply kits to bodies not teaching the KS1 and 2 curriculum, including home educators, childminders, brownies, scout packs and other similar organisations.

With your help, the children in your care could still learn all about potatoes by following the key dates and information.

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