Spices of Sri Lanka 

We’ve arrived in Sri Lanka – a tropical paradise 🏝. There are great waves, beautiful beaches, awesome fruit trees and delicious S P I C Y food ! 🌶 In fact, Sri Lanka is known for its high quality spices, including clove, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, curry leaves and much more ! We’re in Midigama, located on the Southern tip of the island. We’re staying in … Continue reading Spices of Sri Lanka 

Patagonia’s Long Root Ale 

Perennial beer Patagonia Provisions’ Long Root Ale to breed cultures of sustainability. Our food culture defined by a convenient, cheap, high fat, high salt, high sugar, high meat diet is not a viable cultural paradigm as we are living beyond the world’s ‘Planetary Boundaries’ and threatened by climatic change. (Rockström et al., 2009). The food system, centred around annual staple crops from monoculture farming systems, … Continue reading Patagonia’s Long Root Ale 

“The Cornell mycelium effect: connecting via trees”

My Guest Blog Post at TENTREE:   “  An old fashioned postcard, a farm, and a new friendship. I graduated from Cornell University in Plant Science in 2014 and continued onto my Masters to study agroforestry and restoration at University of Oxford whilst running my Ithaca- based non-profit, plastic tides with fellow Cornell classmates. I’m now living on the Big Island of Hawaii for 6 months to undertake … Continue reading “The Cornell mycelium effect: connecting via trees”

Cheap, lean, sustainable meat from Hawaii to Europe

Last December while on the Big Island of Hawai’i I got the opportunity to do something rather special. Here is the story: At 8 am sharp my friend Ann called me from Puna, a district about 40 minutes away from the centre of town  –  one of the hippiest towns in the world. “I have a 200 pound boar in the cage, do you and … Continue reading Cheap, lean, sustainable meat from Hawaii to Europe

Hawaii Month 2- Food Forest visit

Unfortunately my research got very busy, and I haven’t had time to write my weekly blog posts, but these are some pictures of a memorable week-end at my friend Geoff and Lyn’s agroforestry farm in Puna. Over the years, they have developed the most incredible food forest. And with their hard work, although weeding is still a tedious weekly chore, they have significantly suppressed the weeds … Continue reading Hawaii Month 2- Food Forest visit

Hawaii Month 2- Research Updates

Research is going well, I’ve finally started spending much more time in the field. At the moment, I’m interested in measuring the biomass content of the research site I am working on. This research site- ‘Liko Na Pilina’ is a hybrid restoration project whereby a group of scientists from the USDA Forest service, UH Hilo and Stanford University are creating a ‘model community’ to restore … Continue reading Hawaii Month 2- Research Updates

Hawaii Week 4!

The end of week four was a little frightening as I realised that I have already been here for a month. My research is moving along slowly and I still haven’t sent out my research proposal to my advisors for review. I’m working on the methodologies, and finding it extremely hard to explain how I am going to project the research site in the future … Continue reading Hawaii Week 4!

My Research

In 2014, I graduated from Cornell University with a BSc in Plant Science and developed a passion for perennial edible landscapes because of their potential to resolve food insecurity. As our food systems are deeply intertwined with other systems in society, I enrolled in an MPhil in Environmental Change and Management at University of Oxford to better understand the ‘big picture’. I have completed the first year of my coursework and … Continue reading My Research

Garden design Ithaca

One of my jobs for the summer is helping a couple of Cornell University professors with their garden work. (above) The area in front of the wall looked nasty because the contractor who built the wall left it without re-seeding grass. The first question that came to my mind when the professors asked me to help them out was: Do you want an Edible Landscape instead?! … Continue reading Garden design Ithaca