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Andy Hamilton

Andy was born in Northampton where he undertook a collection of "interesting" jobs the highlights including being the mash potato man in a food factory, selling double glazing door to door and the dizzy heights of operative in charge of cardboard box making for the then Burtons warehouse. He briefly moved to Nottingham and restarted his education finally receiving a psychology degree in Bath.

Andy now lives in Bristol where he runs two allotments, forages and lives a low impact lifestyle. He writes a budget gardening column for Kitchen Garden, another for Garden Answers and a wild food column for flavour magazine. He also works as a freelance features writer and has had articles published for the Guardian, the Ecologist, Home Farmer and Ethical Living. Andy is part of co-operative that runs a coffee shop/second hand book shop called the Little Co-op in inner city Bristol.

He takes groups of people on wild food walks sharing his knowledge of edible wild foods, plant folk lore and herbal medicine He still finds time to work on the hugely popular website selfsufficientish.com that he co-created and helped launch his career.