Connecting Students to Agriculture
Want to encourage your students to get their hands dirty and learn about science, math, and nutrition in a hands-on way?
Our Spuds in Tubs gardening program is the perfect project! Your students will learn about plant biology, soil health and sustainable food production while growing delicious potatoes in tubs.
Our Spuds in Tubs program was designed to connect students with their local food system and help them develop a deeper appreciation for where their food comes from. Students will learn about the history and culture of potatoes, as well as the importance of supporting local farmers and sustainable food systems. The program encourages collaboration and creativity, and students will have the satisfaction of watching their hard work pay off with a bountiful harvest!
The Spuds in Tubs program is for students in K–12. Limited enrolment* Only 50 (in Alberta) will be selected to participate in the first year.
Students will learn about plant biology, soil health and sustainable food production. The program also teaches students about the importance of reducing food waste, composting and using resources responsibly.
A virtual workshop outlining the program will take place early in November, 2023. Registration for the workshop and program will be open in early October.
Potato plants are the ideal teaching crop: they can be planted in containers, they have a short growing season, and they can be harvested before the end of the school year. And, they’re healthy and delicious!
Why grow potatoes in a container?
There are several advantages to growing potatoes in a container.
It’s easier to protect the potatoes from pests, weeds, and Mother Nature
It’s a fun learning opportunity for students because potato plants grow stunningly fast
You can use them as a teaching tool for a variety of school subjects
You can grow them year-round
Kids love potatoes
Registered teachers will be sent growing kits including: seed potatoes, soil and tubs for the plants. Upon registration, they will receive an instruction booklet which will include best practises for growing and yielding potatoes.
Let's get growing!T