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‘Purple Potato Project’ gets children in Ireland growing

Rathfriland company Patch Seed Potatoes has joined with Lisburn-based social enterprise Kinder Garden Cooks and organics recycling firm Natural World Products (NWP) for an initiative to encourage primary school children across the Lisburn area in Ireland to get growing.

Columba O’Hare reports that the ‘Purple Potato Project’ will see no less than 280 P1 pupils at schools in the area take part.

Commenting on the initiative Alex McCreight of Patch Seed Potatoes said “We are proud to be joining with Kinder Garden Cooks to support local schools in this special gardening initiative. The seed potato we’re providing the schools with is a brand-new variety of purple potato, and so, it doesn’t actually have a name as of yet. Therefore, we’re inviting all participants to get creative and have a go at developing a name that could potentially be used for this new variety.

“We really look forward to seeing how the children get on, hopefully they enjoy growing their own produce – and we are excited to hear their ideas for naming our new potato!”

Each child will receive a bag of New Leaf Compost from NWP, which converts local household food and garden waste into organic, peat-free compost, and a newly-bred purple seed potato from Patch Seed Potatoes.

Source: Newry.ie. Full story here
Photo: Primary 1 pupils from Friends’ Prep school in Lisburn help to launch the ‘Purple Potato Project’ an initiative set up by Lisburn-based social enterprise Kinder Garden Cooks which has joined with organics recycling firm Natural World Products (NWP) and Patch Seed Potatoes to encourage kids to ‘get growing’. They are joined by, from left, Colm Warren of NWP, Alex McCreight of Patch Seed Potatoes and Sharon McMaster of Kinder Garden Cooks. Photo by Jude Rankin.

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