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Amanda has always loved being outside surrounded by plants. Although she learned much of her gardening from her green fingered grandmother, Amanda studied for an RHS qualification in Horticulture before embarking on her professional gardening career 20 years ago.
She’s added to her qualifications with a garden design course at Capel Manor and she currently works as a gardener in St. Albans.
One-time allotmenteer, she now grows fruit and veg in her own garden and loves sharing gardening tips on her radio show, Environment Matters on Radio Verulam.
Sabrina, a Sopwell resident, is an experienced food grower, working at a Watford college helping a group of students tend to a plot of land, growing fruit, flowers, and vegetables, delivering both group and one-to-one training. Her current interest is in food growing with a focus on eco-nutrition, an idea she developed through her MA research, growing for nutrients rather than seeking them far and wide.
16 years ago, after tending to roses and jasmine in a shared garden, with a few tomatoes, rocket, mint, and rosemary, she decided to study nutrition at Westminster University. Deeper questioning about what ‘organic’ really meant led to a focus on local and seasonal eating, to embrace food with higher nutrition values.
As a volunteer on a permaculture site for two years, Sabrina learned permaculture principles on food growing and composting. She studied Horticulture at OrganicLea, then volunteered at FoodSmiles Community Supported Agriculture project in Harpenden. Nowadays Sabrina grows vegetables both on a shared allotment and in her home garden, together with her young family. She grows an increasing amount of medicinal flowers and fruit.