This is a post that Colin Beavan put on his Facebook page on 7th July 2014:
“This story is amazing!!
A few days back, I asked friends and fans to tell me their stories of how small actions led to big changes in their lives. I reached out privately for more details to some, including Persille. She gave me permission to share her note with you:
I grow all kinds of kitchen scraps that grow entirely out again in just pots with soil in. No fertilizer or such is needed and you can do it year round.
I began regrowing the small root-part from spring onions. They grow out really fast, most of them are fully grown in about a week. My record thus far is eating the same spring onions 11 times and getting them to flower and produce seeds for further germination.
I also regrow cabbage, salad, carrots, cellery, fennel, turmeric, ginger, beets, leeks, onions and even scraps like seeds from lemon and oranges and the stones from avocados and dates are growing in my apartment, even though they can’t really produce any fruit in my neck of the Woods.
I live in Copenhagen, Denmark. My start out point is having anxiety, stress and depression. It’s kind of a long story, but in the end I ended up dumpster diving, in part because I was broke, but also because the sheer industrial waste was killing me emotionally. Also I felt like garbage myself, so dumpster diving was right up my alley.
The financial crisis hit pretty hard here in Denmark and more and more people started dumpster diving. They sometimes even fought over the trash, so I held back and often times came to a dumpster that only had really withered or rotten vegetables in them. That´s when I began experimenting with planting the root-part – and it worked.
I am still a poor person, I still have some degree of anxiety and tendencies toward depression, but the planting of garbage has become my passion and it has just grown and grown in ways I could not possibly have imagined. And it has reduced my feeling of being garbage myself.
At the moment I have almost 3000 followers on Facebook which is quite a lot for a Danish page.
I am in contact with all kinds of people all over Scandinavia, they have begun experimenting with regrowing and they are, as I was, so surprised that it actually works.
Last fall, one of the largest chain of food-stores in Denmark threw out all the seed-packets they had, even though they were still good for another year. Divers all over the country found them and sent them to me and so I hosted a homegrower-award show in my apartment and put it on Youtube. Everyone was a Winner and I sent out the seeds along with home grower-certificats that I had made. I had some musicians come over and play sustainable jazz and we had a blast!
I have tried communicating this thing of growing your own produce no matter how and where you live. And I am still at it. I’ve made music about it, paintings, Facebook posts, Powerpoint presentations and much more. Actually I am writing you from a house where I’m house sitting for a week to finish writing a book about it.”
This is the webpage for Persilles in Danish: www.persilleshjemmedyrk.dk