#095: How to grow with The Little Veggie Patch Co - Mat Pember

By Jordan Michaelides
December 04, 2018

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Mat Pember ( @littleveggiepatchco ) is the Founder of The Little Veggie Patch Co, Author of numerous books including ‘Grow. Food. Anywhere.’, self declared Nonna’s boy and long time dreamer of a retirement plot in Tasmania.

The Little Veggie Patch Co is a stalwart in the world of edible gardening here in Australia, along with the likes of Stephanie Alexander of Kitchen Garden. If you’ve had any real passion for growing your own food in the last decade, you’ve no doubt heard of Mat and the Little Veggie Patch Co. My own memories of LVP Co was wandering through the nursery as a teen, looking at the amazing selection of garden items, or just walking by the Melbourne CBD Pop Up Patch when I moved into the city.

Mat’s work always gives me this need to daydream about a greener life, which the product range of LVP Co has done so well for many of us crammed into apartments these days.

A fantastic episode covering everything edible gardening, including:

  • Pop Up Patch on The Bachelor

  • Mat’s Italian background & principles learnt from his Nonna

  • Favourite Italian dishes growing up

  • What started The Little Veggie Patch Co and its growth

  • How attitudes have changed in edible gardening

  • Entertaining business ideas

  • Work/life balance

  • Farming fantasies and Tasmania







SHOW NOTES

01:32 - Introduction

05:06 - Pop Up Patch on The Bachelor

06:00 - Mat’s Italian background

09:54 - Principles learnt from his Nonna

13:55 - Study background

17:20 - Travelling to Italy & Spain

23:50 - Opportunity and hard work

27:10 - What started The Little Veggie Patch Co.

31:05 - Favourite Italian dishes growing up

33:05 - Growing the LVPC product range

37:29 - How attitudes have changed in edible gardening

43:04 - Entertaining business ideas

45:27 - Work/life balance

47:55 - Farming fantasies and Tasmania

53:50 - What hasn’t changed in the industry

56:00 - Leaders in gardening and food

58:13 - Resources to go to

59:40 - Morning and evening routine

01:00:06 - Exercise routine

01:00:19 - Best purchase under $200

01:00:45 - A book he would gift

01:01:38 - Go-to movies or docos

01:02:54 - If he could have a billboard anywhere


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