Grower takes potatoes into primary school classroom

Cambridgeshire grower Mike Newling has taken a first step into the classroom to tell local primary schoolchildren about the many merits of potatoes last week.

"The enthusiasm from the children and the teachers was second to none and I felt I made a real difference in terms of how potatoes are viewed by the class," he said.

The mixed arable farmer, who supplies potatoes to the fresh chipping market, has been potato ambassador for East Anglia since June under a scheme set up by the Potato Council, which hopes to see many more such visits in the run-up to Potato Week during the first week of October.

Newling added: "It was easy to arrange and I will definitely be making a date for a return visit in September."

Growers interested in taking part in similar promotions are urged to visit tinyurl.com/potatoweek.


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