Friday, October 5, 2018

Update re Potato Day 2019

This annual event has been organised jointly by Down to Earth and Transition Stroud and it will be the 8th Stroud Potato Day in 2019.  It is run by volunteers and the seed potatoes come from Dundry Nurseries, Nr Shurdington, the owner, Chris Evans is a great supporter of community and expert on potatoes. 

Changes have been forced upon Potato Day by the refurbishment of Merrywalks Shopping Mall - which had been the event's home from the start. This means that neither the date nor the location of Potato Day 2019 are currently settled. It has been confirmed that we cannot use Merrywalks! We are now provisionally saying: Stroud Potato Day, 2019. On the First Weekend of February with Venue TBC. If anyone has any ideas of where we can go, that would be great.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Potato Day success!

After printing costs we raised £608.80 in total; some £325 goes to pay for the potatoes which leaves £283.80 to divide between Transition Stroud and Down to Earth. Congrats to the team. This year there are hardly any tubers left over...

In terms of the Seed Saving, an incredible £183.52  was donated with some 176 packets of veg seeds distributed leaving only 62 left! Plus loads of flower and herb seeds on their way to new homes. That means in two weekends of Seed Saving we have given out over 376 flower and veg seeds grown and saved locally and raised £353.52 in donations. Of course it is not about the money (although it helps) it is about the generosity of those who visited us and the sheer delight in growing our own food and flowers from seed we have saved ourselves.  No wonder we scare the seed companies!
 
Below is a quick film from the day....
 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Help us publicise the event...

Here's our poster; please tell your friends, family, neighbours and more....

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Don't miss our 8th Potato Day


















Saturday 3rd February at 10 AM - 2:30 PM (not 10th Febas advertised in some places). Down to Earth write: A variety of seed potatoes will be sold in Merrywalks Shopping Centre following the success of previous years. Please let us know if you are able to help with selling seed potatoes, either the whole day or part, setting up or taking down at the beginning and ends of the day. See Facebook page here.

Please do let us know if you have any particular preference for a variety of potato and if you want a larger order. These can be put aside for you. We buy from Dundry Nurseries so their website will give the list of varieties on offer and we charge the same price as they do. http://www.dundrynurseries.co.uk/list.asp

The Down to Earth Community Seed Saving Group will be distributing another successful harvest of seed through January and into the spring at the Farmer’s Market and on Potato Day. Plus we have the Stroud Potato recipe book and potato cake on our stall. A little reminder of the joy of the next season of growing after the winter!




Please get in touch with Jane for further info:
johnbrown@cooptel.net



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Commonwealth Potato Collection is first deposit in Global Seed Vault

In a sandstone mountain on the island of Spitsbergen, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the Global Seed Vault at Svalbard is the world’s largest collection of crop diversity - it plans to be a fail-safe seed storage facility. Read all about it here.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Stroud Potato Day success!

Great article by Jamie Wiseman at Stroud News and Journal with some great photos of Stroud Potato Day 2017: see here.