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The Genuine Jersey, Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition

The Genuine Jersey, Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition 2018 was generously sponsored by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.

All 33 Primary Schools the twelth 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 was similar to 2017 with the competition being divided into two categories:

    1. Total weight of potatoes grown,
    2. Total number of tubers.

All schools were supplied with the requested number of ’growing kits’ (a container, compost, fertiliser and two Jersey Royal seed tubers) in early February.  The Planting Guide and Teacher Resource Packs were downloadable from below.

Independent expert judges then visit each school in early 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 were awarded certificates at a presentation at St Mary's Parish Hall.

The Association thanks all participants and the Channel Islands Co-operative Society for their continued and generous support.

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
  • In 2017 7,550* pupils took part from 30 Primary Schools
  • In 2018 8,025* pupils took part from all 33 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, 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.