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The Genuine Jersey, Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition

The Genuine Jersey, Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition 2016 is sponsored by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.

All Primary Schools have been invited to enter the tenth annual Genuine Jersey, Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition which is sponsored by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society and supported by Belles Fleurs Nursery and The Jersey Royal Co.

The organisation and set-up is similar to last year with the competition being divided into three categories:

    1. Total weight of potatoes grown,
    2. Total number of tubers,
    3. Class project work.

All schools will be supplied with the requested number of ’growing kits’ (a container, polystyrene chips, compost, fertiliser and two Jersey Royal seed tubers) on 9th or 10th February.  The Planting Guide and Teacher Resource Packs can be downloaded below.

Independent expert judges will then visit each school between Monday 16th and Friday 20th May in order to record the weights and tuber numbers and to judge class project work if applicable.  The top two schools from each category will be contacted w/c 18 May and asked to attend a presentation at 10.30am on Thursday 26th May at St Mary's Parish Hall when the winners will be presented with their certificates.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via e-mail at John@GenuineJersey.com if you require any additional information.

 

GENUINE JERSEY, JERSEY ROYAL POTATO GROWING COMPETITION its origins

In 2007 the Jersey Royal Company launched an Island-side competition to see which primary school could grow the heaviest weight of Jersey Royals.

The competition has grown in popularity and number of participants each year and in 2016 we delivered 301 growing kits to all of the island's 32 Primary Schools and estimate that 7,525 primary school children participated.

The campaign is now organised by the Association, sponsored by The Channel Islands Co-op and supported by Belles Fleur Nursery and The Jersey Royal Company.

The key aims are to:
Increase awareness of healthy eating,
Involve youngsters in growing their own food,
Educate the next generation about the provenance of the Jersey Royal new potato.

The competition is designed to be a fun, hands-on challenge which gives young children a better understanding of how food is produced, where it comes from and to learn about Jersey’s local food culture.

The Competition

Schools (and the Constable from each Parish) are challenged to grow the heaviest crop and greatest number of Jersey Royal new potatoes using a 'growing kit' and in addition are judged separately on the display of class work carried out during the competition.

Competition statistics

The competition is structured in such a way that schools can enter a class, a year group or the entire school depending on the take up by teaching staff.

  • In 2007 1,875* pupils took part from 75 classes
  • In 2008 2,575* pupils took part from 103 classes
  • In 2009 2,950* pupils took part from 117 classes
  • In 2010 4,775* pupils took part from 191 classes
  • In 2011 5,300* pupils took part from 212 classes
  • In 2012 6,000* pupils took part from 30 Primary Schools
  • In 2013 6,450* pupils took part from all 32 Primary Schools
  • In 2014 6,850* pupils took part from all 32 Primary Schools
  • In 2015 7,050* pupils took part from 31 Primary Schools
  • In 2016 7,525* pupils took part from all 32 Primary Schools

(*working on an average of 25 pupils per class)

Winners

To read about the winners please refer to the news pages on this web site - or contact John Garton.


The Growing Kits

Each participant/class receives a growing kit which includes; a container, polystyrene chips, compost, fertiliser and two Jersey Royal seed tubers.

Please click here to view or download the Genuine Jersey, Jersey Royal Growing Competition - Planting Guide.

Please click here to view or download the Genuine Jersey, Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition - Teacher Resources.

The Teacher Resources pack includes links to useful websites as well as growing tips.