Observer Food Monthly’s editor Allan Jenkins was raised in children’s homes and foster care, traumatised by abuse and lack of care. When his foster parents give him a pack of nasturtium seeds and a tiny plot of land, he finds something to nurture. Years later his own allotment, the eponymous Plot 29, becomes a place of solace as he comes to terms with his harrowing past. He talks to literary critic and food writer Rachel Cooke about his incredibly moving story, the redemptive power of gardening and the importance of a patch of earth of one’s own, however tiny.Buy tickets
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