Meet the speakers: Matt Allison

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The first time I met Matt Allison at the 2011 Indaba, he was a food blogger, a stay-at-home dad, and pretty handy with a guitar and a microphone! These days his roles seem to have expanded beyond food blogger and dad.  According to Matt, he goes by many titles, including, but not limited to: husband, father, urban farmer, plant lover, designer, decorator, photographer, thrifter, thing-maker, designated household cook and writer. He is also a singer/songwriter and released his new EP “When Good Hearts Break”  in the latter half of 2013, his first in 10 years.

From food blogging, Matt organically branched out into his other passions, which include DIY home decorating and most recently, urban farming.  In his various incarnations, Matt’s work has been featured in national newspapers, local decor magazines like House & Leisure, Elle Decoration, VISI and Home as well as in Marie Claire, Fairlady, Mens Health, Food & Home Entertaining, Gourmet and the New York Times.   His current venture, Planting Thoughts started in 2010 when Matt began growing some food for his family at home in planters, as part of the growing global urban farming movement.  Currently, Planting Thoughts manage, service and farm over an acre of arable land on various urban farms around the greater Cape Town area. The produce grown is made available to local communities through their CSA scheme, providing both the public and local eateries with fresh, seasonally grown food.

Planting thoughts also offer opportunities to bring urbanites closer to their food  through their volunteer program and offer support to consumers and chefs  alike through a range of educational workshops.  Continuing in this vein, at the Indaba Matt will be hosting a 90 minute workshop entitled “Dig for Victory” which will take participants through the process of planning an edible urban garden, what to plant, how to plant & maintain, and getting the best out of your available space.

Find out more about Matt’s venture on the Planting Thoughts website or keep up to date with what he is doing by following  Matt on Twitter or Facebook.

And if the prospect of hearing Matt speak has not yet persuaded you to attend the Indaba, have you seen our funky venue?  And have you heard that we will be auctioning off some truly amazing prizes in a charity auction to raise funds for the South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind, our chosen charity for 2014?  Want to buy a ticket? Click here to register now. See you at the Indaba!

If you’d like a nifty Indaba badge to display in your sidebar, please e-mail Colleen and will send you the code!

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