The Genuine Jersey, Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition 2019 is generously sponsored by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
Our plan is to deliver the same number of growing kits (a container, compost, fertiliser and two Jersey Royal seed tubers) to all Primary Schools on 5th or 6th Feb as they received last year.
The competition has two categories:
1. Total weight of potatoes grown.
2. Total number of potatoes grown.
Judges will then visit all Primary Schools between Monday 7th and Friday 17th May to record the weights and numbers of Jersey Royal new potatoes in each bucket.
The winning schools in each category will be invited to attend a presentation at the St Ouen Parish Hall on the morning of Thursday 23rd May when they will be presented with their certificate in front of local media representatives and Parish Constables.
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.
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.
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.
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)
To read about the winners please refer to the news pages on this web site - or contact John Garton.