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Fred Groom

“I came to Embercombe to deepen my connection with the land, people, and myself. I love to work with plants, they amaze me everyday in their alchemical ability to transform mineral matter into nourishing food, and I love to work with people as I believe that everyone has something to offer and we can all learn from each other.

I developed a passion for food growing after feeling disillusioned with academia at university. I wanted to do something practical and useful, which combined social, ecological, and economical elements. Community-based food-growing seemed to tick these boxes. My initial interest was in urban agriculture, so I completed an apprenticeship at a roof-based permaculture garden in London called Food from the Sky, and went on to work at Sutton Community Farm. In 2012 I moved to southern Spain to work at an environmental education project called Sunseed Desert Technology where I was the grower for a year and a half, before moving to Embercombe.”

What does Embercombe mean to you?

Embercombe is a place to reconnect people to themselves and the earth.