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Seed Swap fringe event - Winter and the Hungry Gap talk and book signing wi...

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Stephen has devoted over 30 years trialling the world’s perennial vegetables. He grows more than 2,000 edible plants in his garden close to the Arctic Circle in Norway, and in 2003 earned the title ‘Extreme Salad Man’ after creating a salad using 537 varieties, inspired by multi-species Mediterranean dishes! Sprinkled with recipes inspired by local traditional gastronomy, this is a fascinating book, an entertaining adventure and a real milestone in climate-friendly vegetable growing from a pioneering expert on the subject.

Stephen grew interested in green issues whilst studying in Norwich. He began eating wholefoods baking bread and learning the names of birds and plants. He became vegetarian when studying in Edinburgh and began a vegetable patch at his landlords flat. He was even sold with the building to the new owner as a lodger/gardener. In 1981 Stephen moved to Norway for work and found vegetarianism was only a small underground movement and that supermarkets stocked little vegetables. To survive they grew their own, and now Stephen has a garden that takes over two days to tour and 2,000 or so edibles, each with their own ethnobotanical story to tell.

Join us for an evening learning about foods to grow in the notorious 'hungry gap' of winter. This will be an informative and inspiring evening for experienced and newbie gardeners alike.

There will be time for questions, and a chance to buy Stephen's book 'Around the World in 80 plants'.

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