GrowEatGather is an independent online publication devoted to celebrating the wealth of locally grown ingredients and honouring the good people who work hard to grow, supply, and cook real food across the United Kingdom.
Every month we explore these ingredients and reveal their stories from farm to table – the beautiful land from which they come, the small-scale farmer who uses sustainable practices to grow them, the producer who turns them into products with natural integrity, the ethical supplier who provides a responsible avenue from farm to kitchen, and the chef who seeks them out and creates wholesome, tasty dishes.
GrowEatGather documents and celebrates these rich connections and hopes these stories will encourage people to look locally, think seasonally, and value our local food systems.
Nadine Provenzano ⎟ Founder, Producer & Editor
Jill of all trades and the driving force behind GrowEatGather, Nadine spends most of her days helping her husband (see below) run a small film production company in the South West. She’s also a bit of a whiz with websites.
Nadine loves to work alongside people who want to make stuff that matters. Good people that are doing what they can to make a difference in their local community. GrowEatGather exists because of these people.
Every spare moment is spent cooking and growing food. Nadine gardens on an allotment, her back garden and anywhere else she’s allowed. When she’s not gardening, you will find her in a field, wandering along a hedgerow, or down the coast foraging for wild food. If the weather prevents her from doing either, she will be in the kitchen cooking and preserving everything in sight.
Pier Giorgio Provenzano ⎟ Founder & Filmmaker
Pier Giorgio (aka PG) has been working in the film industry for over 10 years and has created many award-winning food-focused films in the US and Europe. His project list includes a short film series for the Lexicon of Sustainability about food and farming in the United States, promotional films for The Sustainable Food Trust, Somerset’s Dairy Careers Project, and much more.
His hope is that the GrowEatGather films will get people to ask questions, seek credible answers and encourage a meaningful dialogue between consumers and the people who grow the food we all eat.
Besides filmmaking, PG is quite the brewmaster.
Neil White ⎟ Founder & Commercial Photographer
Neil started his career as a young assistant before moving to the bright lights of London to work as a photographer for The Burton Group. Five years later, with a distinct dislike for the Northern Line, he returned back to his homeland of Somerset to set up studio. Fifteen years later his work covers a wide span of commercial photography, working with many brands including Ben Sherman, Chatham, Sharpham Park, Kingfisher Group and Cartwright & Butler to name a few.
Neil’s passion for food and capturing the stories behind it has seen him work with some amazing people who care strongly about the food they produce, whether it’s tramping in mud on a farm or working in the studio.
An obsessive baker with a drive for sourdough perfection, Neil now lives with his wife and two girls on the outskirts of Taunton, with his new studio nearing completion only a whistle away.
The GrowEatGather feature stories and recipe images are all shot by Neil unless otherwise stated, along with anything else which takes his eye!
Helen Upshall ⎟ Food Journalist & Recipe Developer
Helen found her calling in the food industry after leaving university and establishing herself in the heart of Somerset Levels. Combining her passions for food, photography and the written verse, Helen has worked with numerous West Country food publications, food stylists and photographers throughout the region before eating, cooking and writing her way into contributing at GrowEatGather.
Helen likes nothing more then to spend her spare time writing her blog, taking photographs (of food of course!) and drinking cider in true Somerset fashion!
Hugh Collins ⎟ Food Journalist
Often found with a pen behind his ear and a fork in hand, when Hugh is writing about food he is likely to be eating it. Hugh works full-time as the Marketing Executive for a travel publisher and spends his weekends exploring the culinary heritage of the UK and beyond. Working on a UK food-travel book.