About me

Photo credit Jason Ingram

Stephanie Hafferty is an award winning garden writer, organic gardener, food writer and educator, with over 30 years experience of growing her own food year round.

Organic gardening expert Stephanie Hafferty shows people how to grow their own year round, affordably, whatever the growing space, using wildlife friendly no dig methods – and what to do with all of those harvests!

A leading authority in the UK on no dig gardening, she has grown her own for over three decades and worked as a professional no dig kitchen gardener for over 14 years.

Stephanie is a small scale homesteader, using her self sufficiency skills, homegrown and foraged plants to create delicious seasonal meals, drinks, body care products, herbal remedies, preserves, homecare products and natural dyes.

In March 2021 Stephanie moved from Somerset to Ceredigion, Wales and started a new productive homestead on just under half an acre. This abundant, productive garden is being created on a budget.

Stephanie has always enjoyed being outside in nature. Known for her practical, informative, friendly and down to earth gardening, she started to learn how to grow food year round whilst raising three children on her own, on a very low income. Naturally thrifty and resourceful, she explores and develops ways of growing, cooking and making products for the home whilst spending as little money as possible.

In December 2022 Stephanie and her work was featured on BBC Gardeners’ World Winter Special (Episode 4) with ” a masterclass on how to grow a wide range of vegetables through all the winter months.” Monty Don said of her work: “Well that’s inspiring. I think everybody, even if we’ve grown vegetables all our lives, can learn something from that.”

A garden and food writer, Stephanie works as a consultant and  freelance writer for many publications including Kitchen Garden Magazine,  Gardeners’ World Magazine, Bloom, The Organic Way, Permaculture Magazine, and Grow Your Own. An experienced public speaker and event host, in the UK and abroad, shows include: The Blue Peter Garden “Discover Soil” at RHS Chelsea Flower Show (2 days working on the garden hosting talks about soil), BBC Gardeners’ World Live, Toby’s Garden Festival, RHS Wisley, RHS Hampton Court, RHS Bridgewater, Harrogate Flower Show, Carlow Food Festival Ireland.

An award winning author of two books, Stephanie won Practical Gardening Book of the Year for No Dig Organic Home and Garden, co-written with Charles Dowding. They both wrote the gardening parts! (Unfortunately some people seem to think that Stephanie only wrote the recipes…) The book continues to be popular and has sold over 30,000 copies. Plant based recipe book The Creative Kitchen features Stephanie’s seasonal recipes that can be grown on an allotment, and has sold over 10,000 copies.

Stephanie’s work includes consultancy, designing, creating and managing edible gardens for community projects, on private estates (clients include Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Le Pour Trench at Stavordale Priory, and Niall Hobhouse at Hadspen House, now The Newt in Somerset), for internationally acclaimed art gallery Hauser and Wirth Somerset and restaurants (including Roth Bar and Grill and At The Chapel, Bruton), as well as working for many years in market gardens with Charles Dowding, including helping to create Homeacres and co-establishing the business there.

Visiting the kitchen garden at Stavordale Priory, TV presenter Kevin McCloud said of Stephanie’s work: “This is not just a labour of love, it is a labour of brilliance and expertise.”

Photo credit Luke Mcgregor/RHS in The Guardian

In 2021 Stephanie Hafferty designed the RHS No Dig Allotment Demonstration Garden for RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival, together with co-designer Charles. The driving force behind the venture, she project managed it for over 18 months (due to covid lockdowns) including working on the build. (Steph says she practically lived on site for over three weeks!) The garden showcased no dig gardening, Stephanie’s work and Charles’.

She has been invited to judge various awards in garden and food media including categories for the Great British Growing Awards and The Guild of Food Writers Awards.

Outside of the garden, Stephanie enjoys exploring Wales (the scenery is stunning!), wild swimming, eating out, crafting and reading.

Stephanie is a member of the Garden Media Guild and Guild of Food Writers. She co-ran the social media for the GFW for two years with Laura Hadland of Thirst Media.

 

Awards

Winner Practical Gardening Book of the Year 2017 – No Dig Organic Home and Garden
Finalist BOOM Awards 2019- Best Organic Blogger
Second prize, Glee Awards, Best Gardening Book 2019 – No Dig Organic Home and Garden
Finalist GMG Blog of the Year 2020

Contact Stephanie

For more information, to request a press pack, or to arrange for Stephanie to work with you, please contact her here.