Sally studied Natural Sciences (botany) at Girton College Cambridge. After a few years or research and teaching, Sally set up a photographic library and started writing articles and non-fiction books. To-date, she has written more than 300 books, on a wealth of subjects including natural history, science, and geography. She is editor of Organic Farming Magazine published by the Soil Association and writes regularly for CountrySmallholder and other smallholding magazines. One of her more recent books is Living on an acre or less, which was published by Green Books and launched at the Edible Gardening Show at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire in March 2016. She also enjoyed writing a biography on one of her heroes, David Attenborough. The Incredible Life of David Attenborough was published by HarperCollins in autumn 2017.
Sally is an avid gardener, growing her first plants at the tender age of 5, and was encouraged by both grandfathers who were keen vegetable growers. On moving to a 3-acre smallholding in Hampshire, her dreams of keeping animals were realized and soon she had a menagerie of chickens, ducks, geese and a few sheep. A few years later, a visit to Rosemary Verey’s potager at Barnsley House led to development of a new kitchen garden. A lack of space (common on all smallholdings!) resulted in the move to Empire Farm. Although the farm has 100 acres with organic certification, Sally works on about 25 acres, leaving the rest to be grazed by a flock of sheep owned by a local farmer. Her main focus is her one-acre-plot with a polytunnel, vegetable growing areas, a perennial vegetable plot, a small orchard and fruit cage and several livestock pens. She loves to grow unusual vegetables such as yakon, oca, ulluco, achocha, tree spinach and more. There are also a few community allotments on the plot, which shows you just how much can be grown on one acre!
Sally gives talks on smallholding and growing on small spaces. She was guest speaker at the Edible Garden Show and the Welsh Spring Festival 2018. She also provides consultancy on smallholding matters.
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