Growing potatoes and community

Saturday the 28thJanuary is a special day in the Lancaster calendar as it marks the annual Potato Day celebration – an event that helps to start the New Year in a positive way.

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From 11am – 3pm this lively community event will be held at the Friends Meeting House, next to the train station.  The excitement is partly about potatoes – there will be over 20 varieties of organic seed potatoes to buy that will be ready for planting outside once the frosts cease.   Don’t worry if you’ve never grown a potato before as there will be plenty of folks around to give tips and advice and this could be the year to start! And nothing tastes better than potatoes that you have grown, dug, cleaned and cooked yourself.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a garden – seed potatoes will grow quite happily in a bucket in the backyard. You could buy one or two different types of seed potato to grow in a bucket and find out which you like best at harvest time?

The Potato Day event is also a great celebration of all the community growing projects popping up around Lancaster.   It’s a great way to find out about planting bee friendly roundabouts, community orchards, shared veggie growing for people without gardens, the seed library where you can swap seeds . . . and so on.   Lancaster may well have more community growing projects than anywhere else of the same size!?

One of the best things about community growing projects is that they also grow communities.  Working outdoors with others, enjoying the sun and the wind, getting some great exercise and munching homemade cake at a tea break is the perfect formula for getting to know other people in your community.  And that’s before you get a share of the locally grown veggies and fruit!   On Saturday 28th January there will be information stalls where you can find out about all these great projects – come and see if you might like to join in.

There are also two other exciting things about this year’s event.  One is that the People’s Café will be running the café.   Tasty hot food and cakes – with a potato theme – will be served from 11am to 3pm.  This is a truly inspirational project – come and find out more and enjoy the excellent food.

There will also be a hands-on sewing workshop which will show you how to recycle old clothes etc into handy bags and belts for gardening.

Even if you have no interest in potatoes – the event is such a friendly space it’s definitely worth popping in.  The event is open to all, is free entry and is provided by Transition City Lancaster. transitioncitylancaster.org

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