In Italy, growing your own food is about providing for yourself and your family. It is a celebration of food and the seasons, which is a celebration of life. Basta!
In mid-2014, we decided to up stumps and move to Italy for a year to reconnect with my roots and discover the secret to growing food the Italian way.
This richly illustrated book shows you how to set up, plant and maintain your veggie patch – Italian-style! The extensive A–Z plant guide will help you decide what to grow to have you cooking like Nonna in no time. There’s a chapter on problems you might encounter and remedies to fix them, along with handy tips scattered throughout. You’ll also find a selection of simple and delicious recipes, including preserved olives, zesty doughnuts and limoncello, as well as easy backyard activities, such as how to make your own mosquito repellent or dry chillies.
Whether you have a little patch at home, a few pots on the balcony or a small block in the country, this is the ultimate guide to growing food the Italian way.
On this episode, we speak to Melanie Scott, founder, creator, and director of Agreena. Agreena produces a reusable silicon wrap product that is an alternative to clingwrap, foils and baking paper. Mel hosted us at her beautiful home in The Yarra Valley, where sheep and chickens huddled outside while some incredible winds were gusting around during the interview. I hope you enjoy this discussion on how she came to developing this product.
On this Episode Nick Russo of Bellevue Orchard and Summer Snow Juice in Officer Victoria. Nick is a Third generation apple farmer and successfully helped grow the business into a juice making power house with many deferent varieties and mixes. They are absolutely delicious, and production just keeps ramping up for this successful business.
On this episode we hear from Matt and Lentil, a married couple who have recently released a book called Grown and Gathered. It’s tagline is ‘Traditional Living made Modern’.
As they explain, the book is a culmination of what they have learnt over the years growing food and flowers including some tips on slowing things down and attempting to live more simply and traditionally. The two talk about the highlights and the challenges of learning the farming process, as well as managing social media, mentors and future aspirations.
On this episode of the Hungry Gardener Podcast I chat with Alexandra Olsson from ‘Olsson's’, the oldest family-owned and operated salt company in Australia. The business produces high-end salt flakes and animal salt supplements. Alex provides a fascinating insight into the history of the company, the production process, and her family’s passion for salt production.
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 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.