Well her full name is really Nadezhda, but she only gets called that by her Mum when she is in trouble. Born in Bulgaria, Nadya has spent over half of her life in England. If you have been to the Straw Bale Cafe before, you may have already met as she has been working in our kitchen, but Nadya is stepping out front to manage our Farm Shop.
We have big ambitions for our shop, so we feel that it needs someone dedicated to managing it full time.
Nadya’s grandparents lived on a farm, and she spent a lot of time there with them as she grew up. She even had her own set of small garden tools to work the land. She says that “life in the West just isn’t like that anymore,” and that’s why she finds what we are doing here at Greenslate Community Farm so exciting.
She has a passion for fresh produce, and she loves using seasonal vegetables, it has always been a natural way of life for Nadya. She likes the idea of bringing people back to more natural, sustainable, ethical ways of living, just looking after the family and looking after each other, the planet and the environment as well.
When Nadya first moved to the UK, she lived in Bristol and then moved to Norwich, where her parents still live. Nadya loves the English Language and studied English Literature and Psychology at University in Liverpool. “It has been quite a learning curve for me, coming to England, I have always loved the English language though, and I have enjoyed deciphering all the different dialects, accents and colloquialisms as I have moved around England,” explains Nadya.
Nadya plans to make sure that the shop stocks a lot of exciting products that probably cannot be found in ordinary supermarkets and we want to make it a ‘destination’ for people to come and find new and exciting things. At the same time, you will also see most of the usual stuff that you find in a farm shop.
She loves the idea that seasonal veg from our field is picked fresh and doesn’t have to travel far. We don’t use herbicides or pesticides; it is the best food that you can find nowadays really. She explained, “We have our lovely free range eggs as well, from chickens happily living around the farm, doing what chickens should be doing. The farm is bringing people back to more natural, sustainable, ethical ways of living, looking after the family and looking after each other, the planet and the environment.”