School pupils in Caistor are learning to dig in after a generous donation from a Grasby farmer.
George Thompson has donated sacks of Picasso potatoes to Caistor in Bloom for their Incredible Edible Caistor campaign, which have now been passed on to the town’s primary and secondary schools.
Mr Thompson went along to the schools with CiB chairman Deborah Barker and committee member Rick Merrall to give some advice on ‘chitting’ the potatoes, preparing the soil and the best time to plant out.
“This is a great way to educate the children on the many uses of potatoes and how they are grown,” said Rick Merrall.
“We are extremely grateful to Mr Thompson for his kind generosity.”
The secondary schools have been invited on a tour of the plant at Pipers Crisps in the summer and the younger children have been promised some free crisps.
Pictured are George Thompson, third left, with Rick Merrall and Deborah Barker from Caistor in Bloom, teacher Mark Jacklin, headteacher Zoe Hyams and members of the Science and Nature Club at Caistor Primary School.
Mr Thompson was introduced to CiB through Friends of CiB Peter and Sally Robinson, who have recently put up several more owl boxes on their farm to encourage nesting.
The Caistor in Bloom Group welcomes anybody who wishes to get involved; email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01472 851883 or visit www.caistorinbloom.co.uk