Landscape (UK) - - In the Kitchen -

The sense of prove­nance is a mes­sage that Natasha is keen to share with other chil­dren, as well as her own. She runs cur­ricu­lum-led work­shops in schools, dur­ing which the pupils grow a veg­etable from seed and doc­u­ment its jour­ney. She has also been com­mis­sioned to cre­ate ed­u­ca­tional mu­rals, most re­cently paint­ing a 10ft (3m) dis­play of pur­ple kale, toma­toes and cu­cum­ber plants in a school din­ing hall; her big­gest project to date. “It took me 10 days to com­plete,” Natasha says. “The chil­dren came alive when they saw me at work, es­pe­cially when I started mix­ing soil with wa­ter to make mud. They loved it.” Natasha also sells her work at ex­hi­bi­tions, dur­ing the an­nual Chew Val­ley Arts Trail and Yeo Val­ley Or­ganic Garden open days and, fol­low­ing de­mand, in her own on­line shop. She has re­cently de­vel­oped a range of prints and post­cards. This year sees Natasha ex­pand­ing her school work­shops and col­lab­o­rat­ing with other in­de­pen­dents, who share her ethos. And, of course, she will be adding to her own veg­etable patch.

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