Chelsea Flower Show is where the idea of starting a business was hatched. Rachel and I met there for a mother and daughter day out and talked about our hopes and dreams. I started growing things when I was very young. My mother was a keen gardener and she gave my brother and me our own small patches of ground where we dug and sowed seeds and watched things grow. Many of the vegetables and fruit that we ate came from the garden. Maybe that’s why it feels natural to me to eat local food in season and to grow my own vegetables. At Slow Summer Snail Farm I’ve been cutting beet spinach that has over-wintered and is now going to flower; so new seed has to be planted to continue the cycle. Spinach is a favourite with both the molluscs and me. This month’s extra special treats in the farm shop are asparagus fresh cut straight from the soil and new season’s strawberries from Faversham. Kent is the perfect place to live if you want local food because it is all here in such abundance.

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