How I became a Grower

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By Cathy Bryant with some assistance from Mark Twain
‘Turnips should never be pulled; it injures them. It is much better to send a boy up and let him shake the
tree.’
So goes the advice of the narrator in Mark Twain’s hilarious story, ‘How I Edited an Agricultural Paper’, wherein a journalist is surprised to find that he is expected to have some knowledge of the subject on which he writes. I feel a bit like that. Having been a member of VON for a while now and believing firmly in its principles, I had until recently never grown a thing since the cress-on-cotton-wool at school when I was seven.

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