Seed Pantry’s new addition to the patch!

Seed Pantry is delighted to welcome a new member to the team this month. Mike Thurlow (on the left in the pic!), renowned organic kitchen gardener and horticulturalist is joining our green-fingered team to help provide advice, tips and recommendations on growing your own flavoursome food.

He has over 30 years’ experience, early on as head gardener at Dyffryn Gardens (Vale of Glamorgan) and as horticultural director at Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire. From 1998 to 2012 he was Head Gardener of the Organic Walled Kitchen Garden at Audley End House, Saffron Walden where he oversaw the restoration of the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden, combining Victorian and Soil Association standards to produce organic fruit and vegetables all year round.

His passion for growing organic heritage varieties of fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs has meant appearances in television programmes including Gardeners World, Great British Food Revival and British to the Core, along with writing of several books and columns in the gardening press.

Mike will be on hand to work with Seed Pantry’s founder, Neil Whitehead, on product development and will also be available to provide growing, sowing and planting tips to businesses and individuals interested in growing their own organic food.

Look out for new Seed Pantry products, advice and planting tips coming soon. Sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date.

Welcome on board Mike!

You can see his work here www.michaelthurlow.com

A day to reflect on our food systems – World Food Day 2013

World Food Day takes place on 16th October, aiming to raise awareness of world hunger issues with a focus this year on ‘Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition’.

The day aims to teach that each of us has the power to help change our food systems. By eating nutritious food and reducing the amount of waste we create, we can help make the world’s food systems more sustainable.

There are many activities and commemoration ceremonies taking place around the world, including sponsored Hunger Runs and a children’s poster design contest. Entries for this are now closed but the 60 finalists have been chosen with the winner to be announced on 16th October.

Here at Seed Pantry we strongly encourage growing your own as much as possible, reducing waste, and eating wholesome, fresh, organic foods. Now is a great time to start thinking about setting up a vegetable patch in the garden, or if you don’t have the space, our popular kits let you grow your own in even the smallest of outdoor spaces – from balconies, window sills and yards.

As well as being cost-effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly, growing your own veg, salads and herbs means you can eat completely organic, full flavour produce, grown and picked by you.

World Food Day was set up by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and 16th October is the day the organisation was founded in 1945.

Follow World Food Day on Twitter @FAOWFD and use the hashtags  #WFD2013 and #hungerto, or visit the website:  http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/home/en/

Taste of Autumn Festival at the RHS this month

The Royal Horticultural Society is hosting its annual Taste of Autumn Festival later this month at the Wisley Garden. From 16th to 20th October, head over to experience cookery demonstrations, produce stalls, apple tastings and family activities. Plus, celebrity chef James Martin will be making a guest appearance on the opening day with a book signing at 2pm.

Tempt your taste buds from the food stalls offering Autumn delights including sausages and pies, cheeses, fresh breads, snacks, chocolates and drinks.

There will be Wisley apple tasting sessions as well as apple pressing demonstrations. RHS experts will be giving talks and presentations on growing your own vegetables, salads and herbs, fruits, mushrooms, as well as on cheese and wine tasting and bee keeping.

Plus on 19th and 20th October, head over to the Restaurant for a special harvest festival brunch, complete with Wisely apple juice and berry compote, fresh coffee, brioche rolls, fruit field jams and a selection of egg dishes.

To find out more about the RHS Taste of Autumn Festival, visit the website:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley/What-s-on/Taste-of-Autumn