Richard Hebda and Maud C. á Geilini Photographs by Maud C. á Geilini. Svinoy postage stamp issued by the Faroese Postal Authority, The potato fields described and illustrated in this article are located in the bright green area at the head of the bay. Faroes Islands...
Potatoes are an easy to grow staple for northern people and with rising temperatures and lengthening growing seasons have the potential to be a key element of food sustainability. We are investigating the practice of growing potatoes in difficult northern climates...
Through an acquaintance of my sister, Lucy, we have discovered how potatoes are grown in northern Finland almost at 70 degrees north latitude. This may be one of the most northern potato growing area in the world. The Finnish word for potato is peruna (plural...
July 2021 The city of Tomsk is located in central Siberia at about 56 degrees 30 minutes north latitude (N). Potatoes are widely grown in the area and are a staple food in the diet of the Russian people of the region. My friend, and botanical colleague, Marina Olonova...
It is hard to imagine how different the climate of the Faroe Islands (North Atlantic Ocean) is than that of northern Siberia (see post on Ust Nera ). Located at 62 degrees north latitude between the Shetland Islands of the United Kingdom and Iceland the tiny Faroes...
Even further north than the Faroes, Icelanders are also able to grow potatoes even as far north as Akureyri at 65.40 degrees north latitude. The climate is similar to that of the Faroe Islands with a narrow annual temperature range. Summers are cool and short with...
Potatoes In The News
Gardening and Climate Change
This video by professor and botanist Dr. Richard Hebda looks at ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change within your garden. He specifically focuses on water managed landscape techniques, techniques for preparing excellent soils, the advantages of diverse and dense plantings, and the (numerous) benefits of mulch!
For more great gardening resources: www.growingfood-together.com
How Peru’s potato museum could stave off world food crisis
Read the Guardian article here.
With a climate changing faster than most crops can adapt and food security under threat around the world, scientists have found hope in a living museum dedicated to a staple eaten by millions daily: the humble potato
This spud’s for you: A breeding revolution could unleash the potential of potato
Potatoes that are resilient in the face of climate change is more important forever. This article talks of some of the challenges of breeding and selecting climate-smart potatoes.
Starting with 2 potatoes, in two years, Scott Harris harvests 120 pounds!
Read about Scott's success growing Ozette-Nootka potatoes in Metchosin, BC.
Looking for Heritage Seed Potatoes?
Ironwood Organics produces seed potatoes of several varieties including Ozette-Nootka and Bauer Grun Rotes Auge.
Likely tubers that have been virally cleansed are available from the Fredericton Research and Development Centre. Order yours by contacting Sylvia Soucy
You can also search the Seeds of Diversity directory for a supplier near you.
We thank Mrs. Gretchen Bauta and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation for supporting the preservation of heritage potatoes and for supporting the Crop-Climate project to grow, observe and record the climatic characteristics of Canadian potato varieties.