The Vegan-Organic Network (VON) marks the 25th edition of its fascinating magazine Growing Green International with a bumper issue full of encouragement and sustenance for vegan-organic (stockfree organic) growers everywhere.
From Arizona to the French Pyrenees, from Cheshire to Florida, from Essex to New Mexico, from Sri Lanka to Cornwall: all around the world, vegan-organic growers are sowing the seeds of progressive agriculture and finding the time to write about them for the vegan-organic movement’s most enduring publication. The history of the movement is given prominence in an interview with pioneer Mary Bryniak, a member of the Dalziel O’Brien family, who established one of the first vegan-organic (and indeed one of the first organic) market gardens in Leicester during the 1940s and 50s.
Others look to the future with articles by Susan Morris, David Stringer and John Walker about growing your own healthy food, community food production and the use of plastic in gardening. Student Jane Fanshaw reports on her Organic Horticulture & Project Management FdSc course at Glyndŵr University, where stockfree organic standards and principles are integral to her studies.
Amongst technical issues covered is the vital topic of excess nitrogen through agriculture. The magazine also features nutritional information, seasonal recipes, book reviews and even a crossword: something for everyone,whether you’re a commercial grower, an allotment holder, a gardener or just interested in the future of food.