Alice Holden | Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine
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Having completed a degree in social anthropology in 2003 Alice was unsure of her career path. Following a summer working at Blaencamel organic farm and a stint at Ballymaloe cookery school Alice realised that at the right scale, organic farming could involve all the attributes of community engagement and environmental stewardship she was interested in. 
 
In 2006 Alice undertook the pilot of a Soil Association Farming apprenticeship at Coleshill Organics. In 2012 after a decade of working on many rural farms she moved to London, taking on the challenge of turning a dis-used ex council nursery site, into a productive urban organic farm. She continues to work as Head grower at Dagenham farm for Growing Communities, an organisation thats wider remit works to run a community lead trade model, enabling sustainable farmers to feed urban populations.
 
Alice is also the author of Do Grow, a book written with the aim of encouraging more beginners to have a go at growing their own veg, even if on a very small scale.
Years at Litfest: 2017

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Litfest - A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks.
 
It is the only festival of its kind in Ireland and has created an important hub for food and drinks enthusiasts worldwide to meet and share ideas with each other.

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