Bunny Guinness, Garden Writer and Broadcaster, speaks from experience in the Sunday Telegraph. She has eaten the spuds she talks about and gets opinions from other people who know and care about the taste of the potatoes they grow. Bunny's recent taste tests included several Sarpo varieties and I am delighted to say that both she and her correspondents were very pleased with their flavour. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/
You will all have heard the great news about us hitting our target of £10000 just before Christmas with all your help. It was touch and go and a bit nail-biting for us but thanks to some backers who tweeted their socks off and some very generous donations, we made it. Now we get down to the hard work of assessing Crow – with your help.
As you know, we are having a Potato Day to get us started and invite you to Henfaes on St David’s Day, Friday 1st of March. We are less than one hour west of Chester by the A55. See map on main website to get you there. We will start at 10a.m. with coffee/tea, then have some talks and discussions about assessments that backers can do at home. We will have a simple lunch – like Sarpo soup and other potato goodies. In the afternoon, if the weather is kind, we can view bits of the farm down to the beach.
To our Movers, Players, Shakers, and Go Getters to whom we have promised samples for growing and tasting:
It would help us a lot if you tell us if you want the samples of seed for growing at home that we advertised on the buzzbnk website or not. Obviously, it saves us a lot on postage if you can pick them up at the Potato Day. If this is impossible and you don’t have a local friend who could collect them, then let us know and we will try to send them. You will understand that stocks of Crow, being a new seedling, are in very short supply so we need to make sure that we do not eat too much of our “seed corn” at this stage and that we retain enough to plant for the future. Because we have so many Players, Shakers and Go-Getters we can supply seed of Crow to them for planting experiments but not larger potatoes for direct taste testing.
Please let us know how many of you will attend.
Many thanks for helping us with this exciting and unorthodox experiment. We look forward to meeting you and hearing of your ideas for growing and assessing Crow.
David and Simon
David Shaw 07906 710704
Sarvari Research Trust
Henfaes Research Centre
Llanfairfechan LL33 0LB
We have a “Crowd” of 140 supporters and researchers who help us with our work.
(see www.buzzbnk.org/sarvari and http://www.hartley-botanic.co.uk/gardening-tips/john-walker/crowd-cultivation/)
Listen to interview on Radio Dublin podcast http://www.sodshow.com/2012/11/29/the-sodshow-meets-david-shaw-of-sarvari-trust/