This is a bio of my work to date. Here’s a podcast if you prefer to listen (interview with Sentient Seas)
I am an Ethnobotanist and Permaculturist. I was trained in Ethnobotany at the University of Kent Department of Anthropology and Conservation and Royal Botanic Gardens-Kew where I received my MSc in Ethnobotany in 2004.
I am currently completing my Permaculture Diploma, with designs focusing on projects in and around my local community, mainly focused on developing food systems, community growing and connection to nature.
Following on from my MSc I began studying Urban Ethnobiology with a scholarship from the University of Bradford, School of Life Sciences, culminating in an MPhil researching the Acculturation of Traditional Diets and Home Remedies within 2 migrant communities in Bradford.
Since 2008 I began studying Permaculture joining Transition Bradford and becoming one of the founding members of Horton Community Farm Co-operative Ltd and setting up Grow Bradford.
Horton Community Farm aims to be an ‘Inspirational Permaculture Centre for Food Growing and Community Resilience’ and in 2013 became a LAND Permaculture Centre
Grow Bradford aims to promote food growing and biodiversity in Bradford and does so through practical growing projects, connecting growers through social media and mapping on its website.
In 2015, as part of Grow Bradford, I became involved in a partnership project called Plenty Preserves, taking surplus produce from the wholesale market and growers and and valuing it through preserving. We have created a range of unique preserves which we sell through local markets and our online shop. We learn from and with the local community who we share our skills and knowledge with through workshops and skillshares.
Spending time in Central America on an agro-ecological seed sharing Women’s Project in Nicaragua in 1999 through the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign really inspired the approach I would take in my work. In 2003 I traveled around Mexico and continued to learn about indigenous cultures, visiting communities in Oaxaca and Chiapas. Upon my return I began studying my own heritage in earnest beginning in 2003 whilst at the University of Kent, studying wild plant foods in Broad Oak, a small tract of ancient woodland, linked to the Blean.