|The theatre in the Food Hall at the Malvern Three Counties Show packed with school children and their teachers|
|Promoting the message that potatoes are healthy and really easy to grow|
The schools participating on Friday 17th June, 2011 were all from the area local to Malvern. They planted their potatoes on 14th March, aiming to see whether their yield-by-weight would be sent through to the regional and then the national final. It was a fun event; organised chaos - such happy children with shrieks of delight as their crop was put onto the scales. Here one school is waiting with their planter; lush foliage emanating from just three tubers - but how many potatoes lie waiting to be harvested?
Ably co-ordinated by Sue Hodgson-Jones, in charge of education at the Three Counties Showground, the potato challenge coincided with the Three Counties Agricultural Show - a marvellous focus on food, farming and countryside. As I chatted to one small boy, I asked him what I should write in my report: "Welcome to the Three Counties Potato Weigh-In," he said; and then others from the same school joined in, explaining so much of what they had learned.
|Sue Hodgson-Jones (centre) of TCAS organised Friday's event. Pupils watch anxiously as she weighs and records the yield from one of the participating schools|
|Ann chats to one young pupil, asking his advice on how she should begin her report|
|The Potato Weigh-In was hosted by expert gardener and tv presenter, David Domoney|