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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


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


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!

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!