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Meet the Seed Detective

Speaker news! Adam Alexander, author of The Seed Detective – Uncovering the Secret Histories of Remarkable vegetables, is joining us on Friday 28 April to share his intimate knowledge of veg from around the globe.

In his talk ‘Meetings with Remarkable Vegetables’, he celebrates the special qualities of these rare and endangered varieties along with why they are such an important part of everyone’s food culture.  He reveals how he discovered them, and why and how they have inspired him to seek out, sow, savour, share and save their seeds, as well as those of many of the 500 varieties he has in his vegetable collection.

It’s a must-go as Adam is a consummate storyteller thanks to 40 years as a successful and award-winning film and television producer.  

Adam lectures widely on his work discovering and conserving rare, endangered garden crops and is a Board Member of the national charity Garden Organic. His knowledge and expertise growing out vegetables for seed is highly valued by the Heritage Seed Library, for which he is a seed guardian.  He shares seeds with other growers and gene banks in the EU, the USA and Canada.  He is currently growing out seed of heritage Syrian and Ukrainian vegetables for displaced people and to be returned to the Middle East as part of a programme to revive traditional horticulture and seed-saving.

Hear Adam speaking on Friday 28 April in the Main Speakers’ Marquee by the Castle lake at Toby’s Garden Festival.

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