I’m raising city kids. It cannot be denied. They do not have cows and horses popping their heads over the back fence like I did. And this does mean I have less ready opportunities for food education moments. For me these were things like: my dad ALWAYS saying ‘mint sauce’ at fields of lambs, my parents visiting, and naming, our Christmas Turkey and having a chest freezer in the garage so we could fit half a sheep in it. Okay, these were not subtle nuggets of education, but they did mean I grew up knowing where my food came from (usually a few miles up the road). I need to create my own opportunities with my city kids.
01 June 2012 | 8 Comments
| Recommended by 4 Ben Raskin:
I have been a vegetable grower for 16 years in various parts of the country but have always worked for other people. Hotels, charities, colleges and wealthy landowners all bring both joys and challenges. However as soon as I had a basic grasp of growing and business something constantly nagged away at the back of my head that I wanted to be doing this for myself.
01 December 2010 | 2 Comments
| Recommended by 2 Richard Plowright:
A period of high pressure with sunny days and cold nights has come to an end to be replaced by more typical wet and windy March weather and already I am wishing that I had made better use of the dry spell to 'work down ground' as they say in these parts.
31 March 2010 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 3 Richard Plowright:
I have just put the phone down after a 40 minute conversation with my fellow vegetable grower John G. It’s Sunday morning and he is walking a field of some 50,000 Savoy cabbage, thinking that they are ready to cut and hoping he can sell them soon. We talk about vegetables and the conversation usually covers aspects of soils, growing, harvesting and marketing and because we can talk about vegetable growing forever our conversations rarely reach a conclusion.
30 November 2009 | 0 Comments
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