2010 Yearly Report
|The third year for the Project has shown a further growth of the Potato Gardener Network.
The number of gardeners participating locally and all over the world are too many to count - starting with the end of 2010 we keep a record of the number of members networking on our facebook page.
|The Kenosha Potato Project is a genetic diversity conservation effort shared by a network of local gardeners and farmers [including a growing number of SSE Members] who pledged to grow specific potato varieties and save the seed (tuber pieces) for future generations. In time more heritage and rare heirloom cultivars will be available at farmers' markets for non-gardeners to enjoy.|
|New Project Focus ... the standard message|
|Following you read the standard message I would send to a new member who inquires on how to participate:
Dear Gardener or Farmer,
|Consequently I have redirected my focus (as you can read in my current SSE member profile .. if you have trouble finding my member profile I can copy/paste and send it to you). [My SSE Member profile is printed in the Yearbook and is available in the online Yearbook - only available to SSE members]
In closure, you may start your potato collection without a plan - like I did - or you may spend some time to study my catalog and find which varieties MOTIVATE you (your friends and family) to save and further propagate "your varieties", and LONG TERM take "ownership" of the varieties you have selected ... like me, making sure someone will keep saving the tubers for future generations to enjoy.
Make a pledge to save potato varieties! Print out this form - mail a copy or keep it as a reminder for your future memory.
... and here are a few more related projects:
|Kenosha Potato Project - 2010 numbers|
|For future memory we keep these records:
246 are the varieties listed in my catalog (grown so far in Kenosha, WI)
167 are the varieties grown in my Kenosha garden in 2010
of which 70 in bags (click here to read more about growing potato in bags)
30 new varieties are expected for 2011
The number of reliable participants is growing larger in the Seed Savers Exchange membership. The number of SSE members who list potato is growing!
102 KPP Friends who joined the Facebook Page so far
KPP is also actively promoting SSE membership and listing of potato in the Yearbook. Here are some numbers for future memory.
SSE Members Listing Potato (incl TPS)
The Listed Potato Savers are a small fraction of the 694 Listed Members in the 2011 Yearbook. The names of the "Listed Members" keep changing ... but it's great to see the list of 108 new Listed Member in this year's publication.
|Become a member of Seed Savers Exchange|
|The non-profit organization based in Iowa has now about 13,000 members worldwide - if you are not a member yet ... click here and scroll to the bottom for the link to the membership page.
The low membership fee rewards you with a 10% discount on all SSE commercial seed orders, plus you receive a number of publications in addtition to the Yearbook, the listing of 13,800 plus unique heirloom seed. The Yearbook is now also available online.
Yearly report updated March 20, 2011