Hi! I’m Dan and I want to grow the healthiest fruit and veg I can for the people around us.

I am a veg lover, wanting to get back to my roots, and grow nutritious, real food in the most ecological way I can. For our health, our community, and that of the planet. I believe that being more connected to the food that we eat can help us become a more resilient society, and this knowledge is being lost as we become increasingly industrialised.

I grew up helping my green fingered parents grow food on allotments, and then moved away from this as I grew older. In my 30s, I helped on farms, experimented with veggies in the garden with varied successes, and wanted to be part of a local, resilient food system that keeps us healthy. A food system that can stand up to challenges like Brexit, Covid, climate change and whatever else is around the corner. This is what Grassroots Garden CIC is all about.

I have been experimenting with different fruits and veggies, and am really looking forward to scaling up so that I can feed more people! And on top of this, I share the growing space every thursday so that I can support our community to learn about and participate in growing in a regenerative way.

After learning about “Regenerative Agriculture” and its ability to rebuild our soils, nurture our bodies and reverse some of the harm we have done to the planet (including global warming), there really was no choice – I had to take the necessary steps towards becoming part of the solution and not adding to the problem. Our “no dig” veg beds are full of local compost, and we are growing incredibly sucessfully here.

Grass roots

I bought a field with my brother many years ago, because we wanted access to our own land, like the old days. Allotment waiting lists are nonsensical, and are prohibitive to most of us who want to connect with the land and grow.

After years of trial and error and reading lots of books on market gardening techniques and no-dig farming, I’m ready to get stuck in and see how much food I can grow for my community.

Food poverty

Living in food poverty is something that didn’t happen when we all had access to land, before it was taken away. Our ancestors grew together on common land, and now since the financial crash of 2008, and Covid, millions of people don’t have enough to eat. Mid-Cornwall is especially hard-hit.

So, we are committed to planting extra seeds, to account for problems in the field, and once our veg boxes are full, we will donate excess veg to local food banks to support those experiencing food poverty.

Eco-activism

I am committed to taking part in action that raises awareness of the need to respect and repair our damaged planet. This unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be getting very far.

The loss of habitats, seed sovereignty, rising CO2 levels and pollution are all important issues that so easily get missed out when governments have more immediate priorities. Taking back control of our food is the least we can do, as a grassroots way of helping the planet and our communities.

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