Nov 24, 2021
Little potatoes and true potato seed focus of next WPC webinar

The next free World Potato Congress (WPC) webinar will focus on “Little Potatoes & TPS: Good Things Come in Small Packages.” It will feature Joel VanderSchaaf, general manager of Tuberosum Technologies, and take place at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Jacob VanderSchaaf, Tuberosum Technologies

Little potatoes are the fastest-growing market segment for fresh potatoes in North America. True Potato Seed (TPS) is a burgeoning technology that has gained significant momentum amongst the potato research community. How do these two seemingly unrelated developments actually have a synergistic role to play in meeting new market demographics and the challenges of world food security?

VanderSchaaf has been involved in the potato industry for over 20 years, having hands-on experience in almost every stage of the potato industry from breeding to production to packing to marketing. Working closely with his father, Jacob VanderSchaaf, and sister, Angela Santiago, who founded The Little Potato Company (LPC) and Tuberosum Technologies in 1995, Joel VanderSchaaf is helping bring small and specialty potatoes to North American consumers. After working at LPC and various production farms affiliated with LPC, Joel began work at Tuberosum in 2009. He currently helps facilitate the execution of Tuberosum’s cutting-edge breeding programs, research and variety introduction.

Register for the webinar here.

RELATED: Listen to Spudman’s podcast with Angela Santiago of The Little Potato Company

Other upcoming WPC webinars

  • January 2022: Liam Glennon, chairman, Organizing Committee, World Potato Congress 2022, will present “Introducing the World Potato Congress in Dublin
  • February: Denis Griffin, TEAGASC, Ireland
  • March: Denis Griffin, TEAGASC, Ireland, or Stephen Kildea, TEAGASC, Ireland
  • April: Robert Graveland, HZPC

To view previous WPC webinars, visit

75 Applewood Dr. Ste. A
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345


Spudman May/June 2023 issue cover image, featuring the 2023 Spudwoman of the year
Get one year of Spudman in both print and digital editions for FREE. Preview our digital edition »

Interested in reading the print edition of Spudman?

Subscribe Today »

website development by deyo designs