Did you know you can eat Cactus? Jack and Chris had no idea before they met Elki…. in this episode of the podcast our guest blows our mind with how Cacti can grow in the UK, can be edible, helped people get more gold onto ships, can filter our water better than our systems now, and so so so so sooooo much more.

This episode genuinely blew our minds! You can’t miss it!

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This is the weekly podcast that talks all things food growing with those doing amazing things from across the UK and the world.Every week we deliver you a podcast that interviews a fantastic food grower that is doing things differently, inspirationally or that has an awesome story to tell.

In this episode we are delighted to have Elki Guillen, known as ElkiWild on Instagram. We talk about the world of cacti / cactus, connections with ancestors and nature, diversity in farming, music and spirituality in growing, and biodynamic practices.

Plus the all important quick-fire questions of course…. Will Patrick be #teambeer or #teamcoffee ???

This is a podcast that will hopefully inspire and inform you whatever experience you have… from aspiring grower, to casual allotmenteer, right through to fully fledged market gardener. We will be talking everything from no-dig to permaculture, mushrooms to marketing.

We are your hosts Chris from Fanfield Farm and Jack from Jacks Patch and we will be bringing you an inspirational interview, some tips and tricks from our own farms as well as the fun feature of quick fire questions that we ask every guest…. Obviously including whether they prefer an evening farm beer or morning farm coffee!!

Show Notes:


Diversity in Farming – What is Culturally Appropriate Veg – Talk that Elki spoke on at Oxford Real Farming Conference 2022 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkk5-_Zh0wEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkk5-_Zh0wE

The Cactus man of London Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYWlrQ03zpk

Elki’s Favourite Cactus – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia_ficus-indica

More Info on Cactus Mucilage Study on Filtrating Water – https://www.geochemie.uni-bremen.de/pdf/pichler/WS%202012%20Mucilage.pdf 

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