Hi, I'm Jenny Thompson (aka Organic Allotment Girl) and you might have found me through my Instagram account, a profile that I created to document my allotment that I love so much.
I took on my allotment in 2016 not long after having my first baby and it was the best decision ever. I found becoming a mother unexpectedly hard and my mental health was not great. Having a patch of land that I could connect with and care for whilst being creative was exactly what I needed.
Yes I have grown some lovely vegetables, but the yield from the allotment is so much more than that. It's given me health, happiness and a sense of purpose. I feel extremely privileged to have an allotment and to be able to create a beautiful garden and teach my son about growing food.
I don't use any artificial fertilisers or chemicals (you really don't need to!) and I have had amazing results by building good soil structure and health following no-dig principles.
By trade I am a hospitality professional with a degree in Management and years of experience helping small businesses thrive through operational, marketing and people management support.
In 2021 I was lucky enough to further my passion for growing and set up a small scale flower farm on the edge of Dartmoor.
Also, I should probably mention I am less of a girl now as I am well into my forties! Any name change suggestions welcome! Organic Allotment Lady?
Happy gardening 💚
Gardening organically is not just about ditching the chemicals.
It is a mind-set, one which accepts and encourages Mother Nature's ways - working with her - to create an ecosystem that benefits more than just ourselves.
I was lucky enough to work for Riverford Organic Farmers for a chapter and it really opened my eyes and taught me a lot about the benefits of organic growing and farming.
Whilst working for Riverford in 2012 I met my partner Bob, a chef with a mastery of vegetables. Many years and one organic baby later, we love growing our own vegetables. Well actually I love growing them, he loves cooking them and we all love eating them - a perfect set-up!
The soil is everything.
By not disturbing the earth and mulching with organic matter from above we create a healthy, living soil teeming with microorganisms.
Feed the soil, not plants.
I first read about no-dig in a book called 'Salad Leaves for all Seasons' by Charles Dowding. I was hooked and knew 100% that this was the way I wanted to look after my plot.
A weekend market gardening course in 2017 with the man himself followed and I have never looked back.
The results from looking after the soil in this way have spoken for themselves.
Earth care, people care, fair shares.
For me permaculture draws on great knowledge, wisdom and practices that our ancestors and indigenous people have known way before modern agriculture and western ways of living started making a mess of things.
My journey and respect into this knowledge is only just beginning.
I completed my Permaculture Design Certificate in 2020 after 6 months of learning with the Apricot Centre in Totnes.
Permaculture has helped me to see the world differently. We are not separate from nature, we are nature, and we cannot carry on living so egocentrically taking whatever we need at whatever cost.