What’s a propagator? Is it like an alligator?

While putting an alligator on your windowsill would be an instant source of excitement, the fun might be short lived when it eats you and your family for it’s tea! Or if you are at school, your classmates and the head teacher for lunch. We promise putting a propagator on your windowsill will bring you longer term excitement and with some care give you something to eat at the end.

Here’s some tips on propagating plants we put together with the help of young growers at Cultivate Waltham Forest.


My propagator

A propagator creates the perfect conditions for growing vegetables from seeds, keeping the soil moist and the air warm. You can buy a propagator like this in our shop
made out of recycled plastic and designed for re-use. You can craft a propagator out of a plastic food or drink container. By using a propagator your seedlings should be showing within a week.


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I want to be a Farmer! Meet Brandon

Brandon Farmer 1

Meet Brandon, 17 year old, urban farmer.

From the age of 3 everything Brandon wanted to do was animal based. He begged his parents to take him to the zoo and farms. He had dogs and cats for pets. He thought about being a zoo keeper but it’s hard to get work experience at a zoo or a pet shop at 11 years old.


Stepney City Farm
When funding allows, Stepney City Farm gives people of all ages the chance to learn about farming. For a young animal enthusiast, being able to be hands-on with caring for the animals was a dream and Brandon decided to pursue farming as a career.
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I want to be a Farmer! Meet Amy & Dan

lamb dan

Do you want to be a farmer?

‘Yes, The great outdoors, fresh air, creating an edible landscape, being your own boss and hanging out with sheep and pigs.’
‘No, not me! It’s hard work, it’s smelly, muddy and I can’t even keep cress alive on my windowsill, I have the least green fingers, I would starve.’

We’ve all sang Old McDonald had a farm and can draw our idea of a farmer, a well-fed man, layers of jumpers, a Barbor coat, wellies and a red tractor but what do we know about the life of a farmer today? When was the last time you met a farmer? And who would you send your CV to if you wanted to be a farmer?

I went to the Oxford Real Farming Conference in search of today’s happy farmers, to find out how they got into it and what life is really like.
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