Monthly Archives: November 2013

Daffodil breeding in Cornwall by Andrew Ormerod

Enthusiasts have been breeding daffodils for 300 years and Cornwall has a long heritage of daffodil breeding.  P.D. Williams, who lived in Lanreth near St Keverne, was one of the significant early breeders. P.D. Williams He produced ‘Carlton’, once the … Continue reading

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Fodder Matters By Andrew Ormerod (2002)

Historic overview of the Fodder Exhibit which ran at the Eden Project until 2005.  First published in 2002 in “Forage Matters” magazine.   Thanks to Ian Wilkinson at Cotswold Seeds who originally reviewed this article.  A website which provides information … Continue reading

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Potatoes in the freezer by Andrew Ormerod Slow Food, Terra Madre, Turin 2006

If you ever travel to the high Andes and see members of the local community apparently jiving while standing on neat squares of potatoes – chances are they are squeezing water out of their special potatoes to make freeze-dried chuño … Continue reading

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Viva the Yacónaros by Andrew Ormerod presentation from Slow Food Terra Madre 2006

Although potatoes are now almost universally known about there are other Latin American root crops that were left behind by the Spanish conquistadors and have had little publicity outside their original areas of production.  Yacón is one such example,  a … Continue reading

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Local Cornish provenance of quality meat. Interview with Stuart Ward a South Devon cattle farmer near St Austell.

Stuart is a beef farmer near St Austell.  The animals are South Devon Cattle.  I visited Stuart with Dave Webb from  Eden  during “The Year of Farming” in 2008 as a way of highlighting where our food comes from and … Continue reading

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Rice terraces of Northern Philippines – up in the air Andrew Ormerod (2004)

Farmers solved the problem of wet paddy rice on hillsides by building rice terraces, found in hilly areas in Asia.  One of the most famous is at Banaue in  northern Luzon in the Philippines and extends in places 2,500 feet … Continue reading

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Artististic Interpretation of Wild Rice – in Kabuki Theatre Museum, Osaka. Wild Rice Club of Japan (2004) by Andrew Ormerod

                                                                  Left; Mr Matsunami       Right; The gallery museum is a quiet haven from the bustling city. I met Mr. Shigeru Matsunami  chairman of the Wild Rice Club of Japan who showed me around the museum,    Great care had been taken … Continue reading

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