THANK POTATO collection, 20 different varieties of potato displayed above The Boxty House Resturant, Temple Bar, D2, http://boxtyhouse.ie/ these potatoes will be grown above the resturant for the summer, with a harvest party later in the year.
ROOFTOP POTATO PROJECT 2013 http://www.urbanfarm.ie/rooftop-potatoes.html
Why grow Potatoes as an urban food project ?
The potato is the fourth most important food in the world. But so far, it has not featured prominently in the debate on food security.
The potato crop is of key importance in that it provides high nutrition and is an adaptive species for climate change.
Potatoes use less water per nutritional output than all other major food sources.
The potato provides more food per unit area than any other major staple crop, three or five times that of wheat or rice. Potatoes are the perfect food and one of the few that can actually sustain life on its own. One medium-sized potato has 110 calories and provides complex carbohydrates, amino acids and anti-oxidants. One 5.3 ounce (150grams) potato provides 620 milligrams or 18% of the recommended daily value (DV) of potassium and 8% of the DV of fibre.
Potatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin C with 45% of the DV, vitamin B6 with 10% of the DV and iron providing 6% of the DV.
Potatoes have potential to double or treble current yields of 8 tonnes/ha using quality approved seed, improved varieties and more effective farm practices in developing countries.
THANK POTATO http://www.thankpotato.com/