Horticultural Appropriation

Head of Creative Programmes, Emma Nicolson and organic food grower and writer Claire Ratinon talk about the possibility and necessity of bringing a decolonial lens to the practice of horticulture.

Horticultural Appropriation

About Horticultural Appropriation

Horticultural Appropriation - Online, Microsoft Teams

A discussion between Head of Creative Programmes, Emma Nicolson and organic food grower and writer Claire Ratinon.

Climate House is a place and space for a range of perspectives that is inclusive. But for it to be a truly welcoming space, meaningful conversations about the cultural contexts of its work, including acknowledging and addressing the legacies of the Garden’s colonial history, need to be had.

“This is the point of decolonial practice, to extend our conversations to encompass the multitude of people, experiences and histories that make up the global population.”

In this online event, Head of Creative Programmes, Emma Nicolson speaks with organic food grower and writer Claire Ratinon about the possibility and necessity of bringing a decolonial lens to the practice of horticulture – and what such conversations could offer as a way to counter oppressive systems.

Claire Ratinon is an organic food grower and writer based in East Sussex. Claire has grown edible plants in a variety of roles; from growing organic vegetables for the Ottolenghi restaurant, Rovi to delivering growing workshops throughout London to audiences including primary schools, community centres and corporate clients. She has been invited to share her growing journey and experiences in talks and workshops for organisations including The Garden Museum, the Royal College of Art and West Dean College as well as having presented features for Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. Her writing has been featured in The New Statesman, Bloom Magazine and Waitrose Magazine. She has authored two books, How to Grow Your Dinner: Without Leaving the House (2020) and Horticultural Appropriation (with Sam Ayre, 2021).

This event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams between 18:00 and 19:00 on the 19th October 2021. The audience will be admitted from 17:55, and a Q&A will take place near the end of the talk. You do not have to have a Microsoft Teams account, or to have the app downloaded as it is possible to watch in your browser.

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