Monday, 13 April 2015

One Mile of Potatoes 2015 is live!

Will 2015 be the year that we manage to grow an entire mile of potatoes?

We're pleased to announce that registration for the 2015 Mile of Potatoes is now open!



To recap, the aim is to grow one mile of potatoes across Brighton & Hove. We need 5,280 potato plants to make a mile so we need as many growers as possible to take part.

Register the crop you've planted this year by filling in our online form and your potato icon will be plotted at the location of your spuds on our fantastic Potato Map.

Register your potatoes here:



Please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to register their spuds too and follow us on facebook twitter to keep track of how we’re getting on.

Thanks for taking part!





Wednesday, 9 April 2014

And we're back for the Brighton & Hove Mile of Potatoes 2014

Hi to our all our fantastic potato growers. This year we are pushing on hoping to make that mile, 5,280 potatoes planted across Brighton & Hove. 

In 2012, the first year of The Mile you registered 1,050 potatoes which was 4,230 short of a mile.
In 2013, our 2nd year of The Mile you registered 1,551 which was 3,729 short of a mile.

We aim to to do even better this year so please get planting and let your friends know!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Nature's Motherhood at Lebenslustiger

If you were curious about how a potato grows once it's in the ground, look at these jawdropping pictures from blogger Lebenslustiger.

Stunning.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Happy Sacks of Spuds

Inspired by a Community garden in Berlin, the greenhouse at Emmaus in Portslade are planting their spuds in cement and compost bags. Some will be available for the public to buy and the rest will go towards feeding the people that live and work at the project. 

If you have potatoes to add to our One Mile of Potatoes, register them here and they will appear on our Potato map soon.  



Wednesday, 1 May 2013

A potato recipe - Hachis Parmentier


Today's guest post is by another Mel! Mel Law is an artist who loves to paint watercolours of food, more specifically French food! 


You can view some of her work at The MelinArt blog, and she has kindly let us share her image of the potato and her favourite potato recipe! Do let us know if you try it!

Hachis Parmentier

This is the French cousin of cottage pie.  All French kids have been raised on that, at least one time a week! 
Hachis means "minced" and "Parmentier" is the name of Mr. Parmentier, the most active defendor of potatoes in 18th century France and inventor of several vaccines! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoine-Augustin_Parmentier). 
I love this sentence in the Wiki article: "Thanks largely to Parmentier's efforts, the Paris Faculty of Medicine declared potatoes edible in 1772"
In general a dish called "Parmentier" in France is the posh word for "with spuds".

Recipe:
Cook some onions in a knob of butter and then add ground beef.  Add some crushed garlic and 2 tins of tomatoes (tinned tomatoes are always ripe), or fresh tomatoes if you are in luck.  Break the tomatoes in smaller pieces or use passata for those who prefer no bits.  Season with salt, pepper and Herbes de Provences.
Put this in an oven-proof dish.
Smother in mashed potatoes or paper-thin sliced potatoes if you want to be fancy.  Mums usually opt for the former...
Add a generous layer of Gruyere/Emmental.  French mums would not use Cheddar, but you know what, all mums do with what's in the fridge.
Cook in the oven until the top is bubbly and golden.
Feed the children and the husband seconds.
Ingredients:
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic (or more to taste)
2 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes or passata
500g (1 pound) minced beef
500g Mashed potatoes (less or more to taste)
shredded cheese to taste (at least 100g)
Herbes de provence, salt pepper


Thank you Mel for sharing this delicious recipe with us, if you're interested in Mel's work, the Potato illustration and a copy of the text above in a calligraphed hand can be purchased for £40, by contacting mel_law@yahoo.co.uk

Bon appetit! 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The Potato to Himself


The Potato to Himself

by

Peter SHEPPARD
14th April 2013

The humble potato is here to stay.
Just waiting in patience to grow.
Sitting in grandad's potting shed,
It's little green shoots to show,
With an egg box for comfort
On an old wooden shelf
With his brothers and sisters all day
And the nights oh so cold,
As cold as the clay,
But the spring not so very far away.

Kestrel, Charlotte, and Maris Peer
Shetland Black and Pink Fir Apple too,
Desiree, Aaron Pilot and Pentland Javeline held dear
Red Duke of York, Foremost And Salad Blue
different colours and tastes to choose from
and each with a different hue,

The potting shed door opens,
And in comes the trug
The weather's a bit warmer now,
Lifted down gently all nice and snug,
Carried into the garden to sow.
What's happening now,
He's digging a hole,
No several, a dozen and more,
Then quickly picked up,
Then thrown down the hole
And then, oh no, covered in muck.

That's nice, I said to myself,
As the blood fish and bone came on top.
Then earthed up all around
Then the soil came in
And then water covered the ground.

Five point five PH and twelve degrees
There's nothing for it now but to sit and grow
Quite pleasant really, and not at all cold
Not in the wind and Regimented, all in a row



As time goes by little bumps are formed
And green leaves break above ground,
With time patience and effort,
Little potatoes all nice and round
Getting bigger and bigger each day.
Over the months time carries on
Then they are ready and the tops all die back
My life now comes to an end
My sons and daughters will carry on.

Peter SHEPPARD

APRIL 2013


Register your potatoes HERE!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Stubborn spuds

Our potatoes have been a bit fed up with the cold lately and are refusing to be planted!

One of them has even decided to take up aerobics instead!
Keep up with their antics by following on our Facebook page.






If you have planted some spuds, register them HERE!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

One Mile of Potatoes in The Edible Garden


We had a lovely mention from The Edible Garden about the One Mile of Potatoes, including a mention of What You Sow who are donating £1 to us for every potato themed item sold from their shop!

And if you have your spuds in the ground, register them with us HERE!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Part 2: Potato Printing - a step by step guide.

Following on from last week's post on potato printing, today Brighton resident Cheska from the Mooshpie  blog shares her ideas on potato printing onto fabric.

If you have tried any potato printing, send your pictures in to spuds@thegreencentre.co.uk or share them with us on our Facebook page.

Over to Cheska:

"After a lot of playing and experimenting with the old spud stamps I decided to have a go on some
fabric, using my textile printing ink I use for screen printing.
• You'll need fabric ink (available from all good art shops),
• your potato stamp,
• fabric
• sponge roller.
Place a small amount of ink onto a smooth surface (sheet of glass/plastic) and roll the sponge roller
into the ink until it is evenly coated.


• Gently roller the ink onto the stamp.
• Press the painted surface of the potato onto your chosen paper/material. (making sure you
press down evenly on all parts of the potato).
• Carefully lift up the potato and print again. Re ink when image becomes faint.
• Continue printing to create a super pattern


• For printing onto a tshirt/shopper- place a piece of cardboard inside to stop any ink leaking
through.
• And repeat the same inking and printing method listed above. Make sure you heat set your
fabric stamped items by following the instructions on the bottle.

Minimooshpie had a great time stamping away, I turned her prints in to some pretty paper bunting.
As you can see I got rather carried away and made quite of lot of goodies...


Happy printing..."

Thank you Cheska for sharing your creations with us, it sounds like you had a lot of fun!

Cheska has already registered the potatoes that she has planted at home, if you're ready to register yours, just fill in our simple form and help us reach One Mile of Potatoes!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Part 1: Potato Printing - a step by step guide.



We're so excited to have our first One Mile of Potatoes guest post.

Cheska is a an illustrating, screen printing, animating, bird-loving, environmentally-friendly Brighton resident who shares her crafty adventures over on her blog http://www.mooshpie.co.uk.

Just in time for the Easter Holidays, she has put together a guide to Potato printing - a fun activity for all ages!



"When The Green Centre contacted me to do a guest blog post I jumped at the chance. It's about two of my favourite things Printing and Potatoes.


It's a great crafty afternoon project perfect for all ages. Fun and very addictive you'll be potato
stamping everything.

First things first: it's all about the potato.

There are lots of different varieties out there that you can choose from. From little new potatoes,
King Edward, Desiree and even sweet potatoes to name just a few. I popped down to my local
greengrocer and picked up some Desiree and King Edward potatoes in various sizes for just a
couple of pounds!

What you'll need:-
• Potatoes – different shapes and sizes. (I found that Desiree were the best as they are waxier and release
less starch when you cut into them)
• Acrylic paint/ Fabric paint
• Sponge brushes and roller
• Kitchen roll
• Newspaper
• Paper for printing onto.
• Fabric – anything from tshirts, scrap fabric to tea towels.
• Cookie cutters
• Chopping board
• Kitchen knives


Stage 1.
Pick your cutters




Cut your potato in half (either width or length ways depending on your cookie cutter)
• Place the cookie cutter onto the potato. Centre the cutter. (make sure the cookie cutter is
cutting side up)
• Then press down hard on to a chopping board (adults may need to help here) about ½ inch
into the potato.
• Your cookie cutter should now be well and truly cut into the spud!


• Using a knife (again an adult will be needed here) cut the excess potato flesh away from
around the cutter.
• Once all the excess potato is removed, gently pull out the cookie cutter. (Put the trimmings
into some water and then pan fry them for your tea!)
• Place your cut stamps onto some kitchen roll. This helps remove the excess moisture.
And hey presto here's your stamp.


• Cover your surface in newspaper (it can get a bit messy)
• Put paint onto dishes/bowls/whatever you have laying around (I used old washing powder
lids and also a paint palette)
• You can either place your potato stamp into the paint or use a sponge brush to coat the spud
in paint. (a paint brush tends to leave brush marks on)
• Press the painted surface of the potato onto your chosen paper/material. (making sure you
press down evenly on all parts of the potato).
• Carefully lift up the potato and hey presto you're printing."



Thanks Cheska for such a fantastic tutorial!

Good luck with your potato printing, and let us know how you all get on. You can send pictures to spuds@thegreencentre.co.uk or share them on our Facebook page.

Next week Cheska will share some ideas on printing onto fabric so come and visit us again soon!