Sam from Transition City Lancaster talks about growing potatoes without a garden, and highlights an event that is firmly ingrained in Lancaster’s annual food calendar- Potato Day!

potato day“Spuds freshly dug from the ground are one of the most delicious foods around and they are so easy to grow – even without a garden.  Spuds grow happily in buckets in the back yard, or even in bags and other containers.  There are now many websites, such as, that explain how to do this”.

“Growing spuds is also a great thing to do with kids as they are easy to grow and give a very tasty reward”.

“If you don’t have a backyard but want fresh potatoes, then you might want to get in touch with the ‘Spud Club’ at Claver Hill – a community food project near Lancaster Central High school.   For a small sum of money you can join Spud Club, and for every hour you spend helping with the collective veggie beds you get to take home a bag full of freshly dug vegetables. If heavy work or digging is not your thing, there are still lots of jobs like picking fruit and weeding that are a bit lighter. Have a look at Claver Hill’s Facebook page for more information or call Joy on 07958434549”.

“One of the great local food events in Lancaster is the annual Potato Day festival – an event hosted by Transition City Lancaster (TCL). This has been on the go for about ten years now.   The day aims to enable people to buy just one or two seed potatoes at cost price (although you can buy as many as they like), rather than having to buy a large packet from a garden centre. This year we have 22 varieties of organic seed potatoes so you could experiment with 22 buckets and see which spuds you like the best!

TCL buy the potatoes wholesale in sacks and sell them at cost price to get as many potatoes out there in local gardens, allotments and buckets as possible. It’s just one more way of cutting down the carbon miles of all those Lorries trucking spuds into town.

As well as having seed potatoes on sale, there will be local apple trees, lots of interesting stalls and the famous Potato Café.  There are also some free short films on veggie growing.

Entry is free and all are warmly welcome.

This year potato day is on Saturday 30th January, from 11am to 3pm at the Quaker Meeting House – next to Lancaster train station.

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