Over the coming weeks before Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2018 commences we are sharing short interviews with some of the youth delegates and other Scottish food leaders attending the biggest global gathering of food communities in the world!
Next up is Rosemary (Rosy) Rapacova, a market gardener and herbalist who runs Meadowseet Organics with her husband in Fife. Rosie also works as a herbalist in the local community and is passionate about plants and people and healing.
I studied conventional agriculture but could see a lot of issues with its long-term sustainability and environmental impact, so I went wwoofing on an organic farm and this inspired me to start work in organic farming and ultimately to start my own farm!
By providing high quality, fresh, organic seasonal food to people as well as transparency in how their food is grown and an opportunity for them to become more involved, and caring for the land and soil in the best possible way we can.
Lack of support and recognition for small-scale food producers.
I think it’s already happening! This is the age category who are changing their food habits the most and are most interested in buying organic and local etc. So I think the more opportunities available for this curiosity to lead them to, the better! More open farms, more volunteer opportunities and more real food events.
The small-scale food producers who are really committed and passionate about producing real authentic foods despite all the challenges, and the chefs and consumers who are really committed to source and promote the best ingredients!
Food and health because these are the two main themes of my daily life as an organic farmer, herbalist and nutritionist. And seeds because that’s where it all begins and they are the basis of our food chain!
My favourite food to grow and cook is saag aloo! Growing the potatoes, spinach, onions, fresh coriander and then cooking them with all the spices – yum!