Growing potatoes is sustainable! They need less water than other carbohydrate crops, almost all are consumed in their country of origin, and they can of course be easily grown at home making them a very sustainable crop for the small gardener. We have discussed in other programmes here on Eco Living in Action how important genetic diversity is for a resilient food system. It is very positive therefore that some growers are seeking out and growing older or ‘heirloom’ varieties – both for their individual qualities and also so that these varieties are preserved for future generations.
In April 2014 I visited with Robyn and her husband at their home in Riverton. Among many sustainable living and education activities, Robyn grows approximately 20 varieties of heirloom potato. One of the fun things I did there was to help her sort through some of the varieties of potatoes they have.
Back in the OAR studio, I spoke to Robyn by phone in May about her HEIRLOOM POTATOES.To listen to this podcast please contact Maureen on firstname.lastname@example.org