As founder and curator of the Kenosha Potato Project, Curzio Caravati has grown and catalogued more than 300 varieties of potatoes in his collection. Why? Because he is passionate about preserving the genetic diversity of heirloom potatoes and saving varieties from extinction.
“Preserving a storehouse of information helps protect against diseases of the future that could possibly wipe out the main strains of potatoes that are grown in America and internationally,” he says. “Having a gene bank is a safety net against diseases that may have catastrophic impact on growth and productivity.” Caravati works toward his goal with the Seed Savers Exchange and the U.S. Potato Genebank in Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Caravati has chosen to use the Potato Grow Bags for his collection. “I’ve found that growing my collection in Potato Grow Bags is the most convenient method. I have been using them in testing since 2008. Some of my bags have been used for five years and I trust they will be used for another five years or more.” Caravati praises the high quality of the bags, which have porous fabric that aerates roots, prevents heat build-up and allows excess water to drain away.
On his Kenosha Potato Project Facebook page, Caravati gives tips to gardeners around the world on growing potatoes in bags. He believes that everyone who is able to should grow potatoes, for their own health and as a food source safety net.
Gardener’s Supply continues to work with Curzio Caravati to develop an improved Potato Grow Bag that will increase potato yields.