Uncle Henry’s Farm
By Tierhey Rayment
We (Jamie-lee, Jessica, Max, Cade, Connor and I) went to Uncle Henry’s Farm to learn about potatoes and soil. This is because we are growing our own potatoes to enter in a competition. We have to make sure that the potatoes are nice and healthy so we can use some of them in a recipe. We don’t know which recipe yet but it will be amazing! As a treat whist we were there we got to see the pigs that live on the farm and one particular pig kept on sticking its tongue out at us. After spending some time with the pigs, we were allowed to go to the shop on the farm.
Uncle Henry’s Visit
By Jessica Wyatt
On Wednesday 25th April six LCHS students went to Uncle Henry’s farm near Gainsborough. We went as we are part of a small group in the Schools’ Challenge at the Lincolnshire Show in June. We are studying potatoes and the conditions they grow best in. We also hope to discover some unusual recipes we can make with the potatoes, all in the hope of winning.
At Uncle Henry’s we visited their potato fields and looked particularly at the machinery used to harvest the potatoes as well as how the potatoes were planted in the soil in deep trenches. We looked at how they were stored before they are sold. We were given lots of advice by a farmer who works on the farm and he gave us a bag of potatoes with which to experiment.
After lunch we looked at the café menu and the different uses of potatoes in the café. They make potato wedges, jacket potatoes and many other different dishes. We also learnt one of their secret recipes for potato wedges! We looked around the gift shop for ways of presenting and using potatoes.
After that, we had a talk on different diseases that potatoes can get that reduce the price that people are willing to pay for them and would lose us marks in the Lincolnshire Show. We learnt how to recognise the disease in its early stages and hopefully prevent the potatoes being infected by treating it quickly.
Overall, we had a great day. We learnt loads of useful information and we are looking forward to putting it into practice with our own potatoes.
For the last 4 months, 5 students on the Gifted and Talented register have chosen to work with Mrs Martin and Mrs Mills to compete against other secondary schools in the Lincolnshire Show Schools’ Challenge. In their breaks and after school Year 7s Jessica Wyatt, Tierney Rayment, Jamielee Wessels and Year 9 team leaders Max Imbornone and Cade Anderson-Smith set about growing potatoes and developing recipes with them. Their research included a talk from an Agronomist on the best growing conditions and a visit to Uncle Henry’s Farm to see how commercial potato production is handled. Their hard work paid off and following their enthusiastic demonstration and presentation at the show they were awarded second place. Both teachers involved have been really impressed by their commitment and hard work – well done Team Potato!