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

By Jordan Michaelides

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

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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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