Sandy Shepherd is known locally as ‘the egg lady’. She looks after 27 hens on an allotment only a mile from the centre of Hammersmith and sells the eggs at the Chiswick Horticultural Society shop on Sunday mornings. The Black Rocks eat a varied diet including pasta and grapes with garlic powder and cod liver oil in their corn.
There are only 5 farms left in Kent producing hops for commercial beer making. Tony Redsell is a top hop grower. He cultivates East Kent Goldings and Fuggles at his farm near Faversham in Kent where he has been farming for 60 years. Before mechanical picking machines were invented in the 1930’s, Londoners would flood to Kent to pick the hops to earn money during the harvest times.
Zimbabwean farmer David Mwanaka has gone from trying to grow white maize in his landlord’s back yard in Tilbury to farming more than 60 acres in Enfield and Salisbury. White maize looks similar to sweetcorn but is less sweet. The maize needs a balance of high temperatures and good rainfall and as it deteriorates very quickly, needs to be eaten on the same day that it is picked.