Youngsters’ joy at Southsea grown potato crop

TOP CROP Pupils celebrate winning potato contest with Maggie Haynes

TOP CROP Pupils celebrate winning potato contest with Maggie Haynes

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THERE was no shortage of potatoes at a school in Southsea where one group of youngsters harvested a bumper yield.

Infants at St John’s College dug up their potatoes in front of judge Maggie Haynes from Tuppenny Barn organic farm in Emsworth, who announced the reception class’s yield was the heaviest at 1kg. Three classes took part, each hoping to grow the most.

Ellie Maunder, five, said: ‘It was like digging for treasure.’

Head of infants Claire Davies said: ‘The children enjoyed looking after their potatoes and making decisions about where they would grow best and when to water them. This is an excellent way to help children understand where their food comes from.’

Other potato-based activities on the day included mashed-potato sculpting and potato printing. 

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