Yearly Archives: 2016


Tracking your Tubers 4

Dr Ada Grabowska-Zhang is one of the Guild’s scientific advisers and helps to construct our experimental designs and protocols. She has a shared allotment in Oxford and grows all sorts of vegetables for her family there,. we’re pleased she’s found space for some ocas too.   With oca breeding, like […]


Breeding my first Oca variety

Alison Tindale is a blogger and plant breeder, running a small nursery, Backyard Larder, where she propagates and sells perennial vegetables for forest and permaculture gardens. She’s been with the Guild since the beginning, growing Ocabreeder’s tubers and creating her own varieties for the project. She wrote this guest blog to explain […]


What does it mean to be an Ocabreeder? 10

Let’s try to explain what our members are doing and how the project works at ground level. At this time of year, it’s all very exciting as we sort out our baby tubers and allocate them to their foster homes for the next year.  The small tubers are the progeny […]


A trip to Incredible Vegetables in Devon 2

Last week Owen and Manda made journeys from each side of the country to meet up at Incredible Vegetables in Ashburton where Mandy Barber grows some of our ocas and runs a fascinating little business concentrating on unusual and perennial vegetables. The nursery at Incredible Vegetables is on the top of […]