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Unearthing a History of Vegetables

Adam Alexander and Claire Ratinon Interviewed by Dan Saladino

Saturday, 25 March 2023

12:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Rare vegetable collector and film and television producer Adam Alexander and organic food grower and writer Claire Ratinon discuss how growing food from around the world protects the history and heritage of cultures and encourages a deeper connection with our past, present and future.

Alexander has spent 40 years producing film and television documentaries. In The Seed Detective: Uncovering the Secret Histories of Remarkable Vegetables, he talks about his real passion for collecting rare and endangered garden crops. It is a passion that was sparked by a taste of a Ukrainian pepper bought 30 years ago in Donetsk. Alexander says we are a nation of vegetable growers and it is vital we keep growing rare and endangered heirloom and heritage vegetables to pass them on to the next generations.

Ratinon’s Unearthed: On Race and Roots and How the Soil Taught Me I Belong is a personal story of how the author fell in love with growing plants and discovered a connection with nature that allowed her to put down roots. Ratinon left her work as a documentary producer after a chance encounter with a rooftop farm in New York.  Through growing the food of Mauritius on her plot in East Sussex she was able to explore the stories of her parents and the history of her homeland. Ratinon writes for Waitrose Food Magazine, Bloom and The Modern House Journal and has grown organic vegetables for the Ottolenghi restaurant, Rovi.

Discussions will be chaired by food writer and broadcaster Dan Saladino, author of Eating to Extinction.

This event is part of a series under the banner Pasture to Plate® that looks at the environmental and health benefits of raising food on pasture and getting it to the consumer quickly through a short supply chain.

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The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Royal Academy of Arts Project People Institute of Hospitality Foodbuy Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme TORVA Books which change you, your mind, your world Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Compassion in World Farming Pasture to Plate Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Critchleys Accountants to the festival CAV Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ox in a Box OX magazine Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence The Wild Geese James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland The Nwelue Trust Abibiman Publishing Flip through Flanders Republic of Panama Event generously supported by Republic of Panama Spanish Embassy Event generously supported by the Spanish Embassy