A quick story about how word can spread.
I took my ‘Pea Shooter’ – a long shallow container for sprouting pea shoots – to the Capital Growth stand at Camden Green Fair. It stimulated lots of conversations about growing pea shoots – and gave me the chance to explain how easy it is. I also gave away lots of free pea seeds for shooting (organic marrow fat peas from health food shops are about £2 a kilo and seem to do the job perfectly!).
Anyway, I collected my pea shooter a few days later from Regents Park. I boarded the bus with said pea shooter and Ipod blaring loud. During the journey, I looked up and saw someone looking at my pea shooter. They were in animated conversation with another passenger. I took my headphones off to overhear the person explaining all about how to grow pea shoots and how easy they are. I then recognised the man talking – he was someone that I’d chatted to at the fair!
My pea shooter attracted other looks and comments on the remainder of the journey. It made me think that carrying pots of living vegetables around on public transport would be a great (if somewhat eccentric) way to engage more people in conversations about food growing!
Mark Ridsdill Smith