Do you love good food? Are you always on the hunt for fantastic flavour? If you are then you have probably started growing your own. Most people who chase good flavour experiences will end up growing produce themselves. And – no matter what kind of spatial restrictions you have – it’s not hard to grow herbs in a pot or keep a chilli plant alive! Growing your own vegetables, fruit and herbs means that you don’t just get good food, often more cheaply than you can buy it, you are also doing great things for the environment. If you are chasing great flavour, your are probably growing organically, growing heirloom varieties, supporting biodiversity by companion planting and growing habitat for bees, butterflies and birds
Eighteen months ago my guest was doing just that! Laurie Green, despite the fact that she had all the pressures of modern life bearing down on her – job, new baby, mortgage – was growing more food in her suburban backyard in Sydney’s North than she could handle. She didn’t want it to go to waste so – problem solver that she is – she set about forming a network to be able to share the surplus. She began Crop Swap Sydney to facilitate the exchange of backyard produce in Sydney. In this interview I speak with her about how her little gem of an idea has grown and spread – and how you can be part of it.