About Mark

Mark Diacono runs Otter Farm, the UK’s only climate change farm, home to orchards of olives, peaches, almonds, szechuan pepper, apricots and a vineyard. He hopes to revolutionise the British larder by growing delicious food normally sourced from overseas. His idea is beautifully sustainable - taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has recently had A Taste of the Unexpected published by Quadrille.

As well as planting and maintaining the farm's orchards, vineyards, forest garden and veg patch, Mark leads the Garden Team at River Cottage. He runs the growing courses at River Cottage, gives talks and hosts events at RCHQ, and appears in the River Cottage series.



When it's rainy he writes. As well as this blog and occasional pieces for newspapers and magazines, Mark writes every month for The English Garden, every quarter for National Geographic Green and recently had his first book, Veg Patch: River Cottage Handbook No4 published by Bloomsbury.

The photographs on the Otter Farm website and most of those in the books and articles he writes are taken by Mark.


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