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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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First pricking out job of the year. These are my favourite onion Up to Date I have grown from my own saved seed. 72 to be transplanted in March should see me through to spring 2023 🤞🤞An awesome ex-commercial allium that is safe with @HeritageSeedsUK

Long live #heritagewheat . I bake with locally grown and saved Welsh grains and this is the result from Felin Ganol in Llanrhystud ⁦@wrffc21⁩

This is a wonderful Italian winter veg called cima di rapa aka broccoletto Almost completely destroyed by cabbage white butterflies in the summer it now livens up a stir fry. I will leave a few heads to go to seed in the spring. Indispensable

Just to let everyone who follows me know I recorded a podcast recently and if you want to listen you can find it here https://www.labaroma.com/podcasts/adam-alexander I promise I won't be offended if you don't but if you do please share 🙏🙏
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I have been growing #lemongrass for years. So easy to propagate too. These I lifted from the polytunnel at the weekend and already new roots are emerging. They should be ready to pot up in a couple of weeks and kept on a sunny windowsill until late spring. #permaculture

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The USDA’s new labeling for genetically modified foods goes into effect Jan. 1. Here’s what you need to know. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/01/01/usda-bioengineered-food-rules/