MY LIFE AS A SEED DETECTIVE

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I have a passion for growing fruit and vegetables, which I have been doing since I was a little kid.  Not a year has passed since I was ten that I haven’t grown something to eat.  I ran a small market garden in the late seventies when growing organically unusual vegetables was considered very odd.  Trying to sell red Brussels sprouts or yellow zucchini was not a profitable business then, so I returned to film-making to support my love of horticulture.  My interest in discovering rare, endangered but above all, delicious vegetables from around the world began as the result of meeting a remarkable lady in a vegetable market in Donetsk, Ukraine in the late eighties whilst making a documentary series there. So began a journey of discovery and learning about the social and cultural relationships we have with what we grow that I have been on for the best part of 35 years.

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Great to hear @DanSaladinoUK praise @HeritageSeedsUK work conserving rare and endangered British veggies in his session at @RealFarmED this afternoon

Delighted to be @RealFarmED today hanging out with kindred spirits and looking forward to a stimulating number of sessions as well as talking with @csmaje about his brilliant book A Small Farm Future

When new season peas get to this size I end up on a feeding frenzy so no chance of them getting into the kitchen just yet. A stalwart over wintering variety, Douce Provence a favourite with ⁦@RobsAllotment⁩ is going to keep me happy for weeks to come

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Nice job this sunny morning potting up slips of my sweet potato from the Atacama which have been sitting on the kitchen windowsill for the last month. Giving them a good soak and a few weeks in the greenhouse before planting out in early June

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Last few spots remaining, come join us @RealFarmED for this fantastic event on Sunday with @csmaje, @nicolawriting, @vickihird, @Ben_Raskin, @vegoutwithadam, @abby_super, @DanSaladinoUK, @munachoc, and so many other fantastic speakers! https://twitter.com/RealFarmED/status/1524441123644743680

First flower of ⁦@HeritageSeedsUK⁩ super dwarf pea Tom Thumb. Sown just 6 weeks ago. Will not be eating the crop. I need every pea for seed!