Before The Harvest

"Before the Harvest " I know you will enjoy this story of three generations of farmers During the outbreak of WW2. Janice Villeverde and her friend Miriam Nixon are sent to Wildacre Farm in the New York Estate. it is there that they are put to work along with many others to help the war effort. it is there that they meet up with young Thomas Hogg who introduces the girls to his friend George Barrett. After a brief courtship Janice finds herself in trouble and George Barrett sends her away when she tells him. Forced to bring up a child on her own Janice swears revenge on the man who wronged her. Before the Harvest gives you an insight of how a farm worked during the war years; a story of love hate and revenge.


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“Did you know that over one million tons of fruit and vegetables are wasted every week in Britain alone?’

“What happens to it?’

 “It is either turned back into the land or some of it is used to feed the livestock it is perfectly edible just a little wobbly as we call it. So I have introduced it at half the price of say what they call normal looking fruit and vegetables and it is flying off the shelves.’ “Thousands of poor families go hungry every week and the food we waste could feed everyone in Britain and France for a month.’

“I see what you mean; I never realised that it was on a scale this big though.’

“By creating “Organic Wobbly produce on the markets and in super markets I have reduced my waste by a third.’ “Now that doesn’t seem like a lot but over the course of a year it stacks up.’

“My plan is to reduce that to half in the next five years.’

“It is good that you care about the environment; I too feel strongly about it too.’

“Jackie took some convincing but now he’s all for it and the poly tunnels that you see were his idea.

He’s like a mad scientist; he’s experimenting with cross pollination to produce tastier and more colourful produce. “Take his purple cauliflower for example and different varies of tomatoes.’

“That’s where he will be now I can bet you.” He calls it his gardener’s laboratory.’

They walked fifty yards to the next poly tunnel where there were literally thousands of tomato plants; each were in different stages of ripeness to ensure that the super markets had a good supply every week.

“Jackie are you in here Adrianna has come to see you at work.’

“Come through I’m in my lab’

“I told you.’

 Adrianna went through into a space in the poly tunnel set aside for seedlings and plants that had been cross pollinated.

“I will leave you in Jackie’s capable hands Adrianna; I have a field of cabbages to cut.’

“See you at dinner tonight.”

“Okay bye Brian.”

“Come here Adrianna and I will teach you all about the birds and the bees he laughed.’



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