‘I looked at kale, peppers and tomatoes and fell in love’: gardening’s young stars

They’re hot on Instagram and YouTube, and love nothing more than getting muddy – meet the gardeners of the future. By Colin Crummy

Claire Ratinon, 34, was working in TV production in New York when she stumbled across Brooklyn Grange, an acre of rooftop farm seven storeys up in Queens. “I looked across at the Manhattan skyline while standing among kale, peppers and tomatoes, growing in the middle of the sky, and fell in love,” she says. Ratinon, from Surrey, started volunteering, picking tomatoes and getting sunburnt. It sowed the seed of something: “It was the calmest, cleanest place in the city and somewhere my soul was saying, this is where you need to spend more time.”

You suddenly want to be outside, you have a sense of pride and ownership

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