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Soldiers Helping Soldiers Potato Project
The SHS Potato Project is a collaboration between Soldiers Helping Soldiers and its partner agencies which seeks to inspire people to grow potatoes for the disadvantaged in our community. We are encouraging individuals, families and organizations (businesses, daycare centres, retirement homes, city services, etc) to grow 100 pounds of potatoes as a fun activity that will also increase awareness of, and assist in mitigating, the plight of those most in need. Potatoes are easy to grow, store well, they are rich in nutrients and a versatile cooking vegetable; organizations like the Shepherds of Good Hope use, on average, 120 pounds of potatoes a day. Whether you grow 100 pounds or 25, it will make a difference and a positive change in the lives of those less fortunate than you.
How to Participate
Community members who want to get involved can do so very easily! Just follow these simple steps and you’ll find yourself digging up potatoes in no time at all.
Step 1: Buy your materials needed to grow potatoes, and consult either the How to Grow Potatoes Guide, or the CGN Garden Guide if you require advice.
For container potatoes here is the list of what is required to grow the potatoes:
1 Large patio container, or large garbage bag
Approximately 20 seed potatoes
2 large bags (30L bags) of soil
Where to get Seed Potatoes?
Step 2: Grow your potatoes! Get them planted by the middle of June!
Step 3: Donate your potatoes to one of the local food cupboards in Ottawa, or to the designated drop off points hosted by Soldiers helping soldiers. Contact soldiers helping soldiers at SHS.vicki at gmail.com for details.