Conversations on Food and Gardening
After returning from a year in Italy with my young family, I was inspired and now have an insatiable hunger for quality produce. This podcast is conversations with influential people on food and gardening. It will delve into the complexity of our relationship with food. What is quality? How and where is it grown? What wonders can we create with it in the kitchen, and importantly, how do we get our hands on it?
Home grown, farmers markets, supermarkets, all have merit, but also face many challenges. The reality is that most people shop for food in major retailers. And so, I have concerns around the restricted choices we have, the future of food security, and the growing disconnect with where it comes from.
As consumers, I believe we should demand better quality produce, with more sustainable farming practices. For our own pleasure, health and well-being, and for that of the planet, I want to build a movement that encourages this change.
In episode 8, I interview Julie Armstrong from the organisation ‘ACT FOR BEES’. Julie’s passion is raising awareness about bees through education. She examines the threats bees currently face, and the critical importance of healthy bee populations, given they are directly responsible for the pollination of plants, trees and therefore the food we eat.
In episode 7, I chat to Darren Aitken, a biodynamic farmer and owner of Vortex Veggies. Darren was a pleasure to chat with and has some insightful and progressive thinking about current farming practices. He explains to me what fuels his belief in the biodynamic process.
This episode we speak to Kaye Roberts-Palmer who is a passionate advocate for ‘Save our Citrus'. We learn about the danger posed by the invasive 'gall wasp' and its devastating effect on citrus trees all across Melbourne. She explains what to look for, pruning techniques, disposal of the affected limbs, and how to educate friends and neighbours of this serious issue we are facing in our backyards.
This episode we speak to John Challis who runs a business producing Virgin Worm Poo. John farms millions of worms on his property and has developed his own techniques for producing maximum quality poo and for maintaining the health and longevity of his worms. He also shares tips for growing healthier plants, getting started with food composting and offers some surprising observations he has made about worms in general. A very interesting listen.
On this Hungry Gardener episode, I speak with David Reid from the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria. We discuss the Victorian School Garden Awards, kitchen gardens, urban forest strategy, eating as a vegan, nutritional yeast and the Metro nightclub.
This episode I speak with Matt Wilkinson, chef and owner of Pope Joan and Jack Horner. He talks openly about his journey into hospitality, farmers apprenticeships and how he looks for the joy in food.
This is the first episode and we kick it off with producer of the podcast Ben Hodson questioning me about the motivation behind putting this project together.
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