Talks

The last few years I've given dozens of talks to garden clubs and garden festivals and have discovered it's something I absolutely love doing and have a real passion for. 


I bring my full passion for gardening, smallholding, preserving and my very hands on life to the talks, as well as my sense of humour!



The following is the talks I have available at the moment. They are all extensively illustrated with digital images. I have lots of feedback at the bottom of the page as well!

Unusual Fruit and Veg I























Lots of edible plants for people to learn. A really fun talk that is often the first talk I do for garden clubs. Lot of people go away with a list of things they'd like to try after having seen this talk. 

Preserving the harvest


Far beyond jam and chutney. How to waste less from your garden and deal with gluts! Dehydrating, canning, fermenting! Literally my favourite subject, there aren't many weeks in the year where we don't preserve something for future use! 

Unusual Fruit and Veg II


Because one talk wasn't enough on the subject! 
I had such good feedback from my first talk on the subject I decided that there was plenty left to do another talk about it - in fact I think I could do even do a third, there are so many interesting things out there to eat.
Here I talk about another host of fruit, veg and herbs, many people already have growing in their garden without even realising it and some they will have never heard of!

A Talk About Our Homestead & How We Got Here
I've had a few requests to give a talk about our lifestyle and what we get up to. I love giving this talk, I try to add in lots of funny stories and even the story about how my wife and I delivered our son on the bathroom floor. I constantly update this one and it's never the same twice! 

Coming soon - Stone Soup

A talk about gaining extra meals and ingredients from in and around the garden. Using parts of the plant you wouldn't normally think of and doing what I call "suburban foraging". This talk should be ready for summer 2022



Each talk is filled with lots of information, but also lots of funny stories and anecdotes of family life here, with three young children involved in everything day to day there are a few stories to tell!

I cover Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and South Shropshire.

Please send me an email at kevalviti@hotmail.com to find out more information and current pricing.

Talk Feedback:- 

"I know we said thank you yesterday evening but wanted to write to say how much everyone enjoyed your lively talk!  I knew you would be good from reading other gardening clubs comments.  So thank you. I am sure we will want to book you again!" - Lydbury North Gardening Club

"Kev's talk last night to Slimbridge Gardening Club was truly uplifting, his enthusiasm for a sustainable life style is inspirational, you really feel like anything is possible after an evening spent in his company. We will certainly be inviting him back next year to enjoy another of his delightful talks" - Slimbridge Gardening Club

"The whole presentation from start to finish was informative, inspiring and delivered with a numerous bent that cheered the whole audience up no end! There was a buzz in the room afterwards and everyone enjoyed the evening. There have already been requests to ask you to return to give one of your other talks. Real praise indeed!" - Northwood Green Garden Club

"Your talk was much enjoyed by all. Humorous, informative and very interesting. You are a natural speaker and so many members commented on what a good evening it was. We are all looking forward to having you back again next year. Thank you!" - Kings Thorne and Little Birch Garden Club

"A very lively and interesting talk" - Caynham Gardening Club

"Thank you very much for your talk, it was much enjoyed by everybody and we're now looking forward to the next one. Your enthusiasm come through and really enlivens your talk, I'm afraid to say I have dropped off with the odd speaker that we have had in the past, no chance with you! I will of course recommend you!" - Risbury Gardening Club

"You inspired, informed and entertained" - Hereford Seed Swap

"An Excellent talk, something quite different!" - Hamnish Garden Club

"Once again I would like to thank you for your enjoyable and informative talk last evening. I’m sure most of our members learned something new and your enthusiastic and engaging manner made the evening quite memorable.
I’ve no doubt several of us will be trying out a few new ideas in the future but whether we shall be able to match your success, I don’t know!" - Severn Side Cottage Garden Society 

"Many many thanks for such an enjoyable talk at Cottage Garden Society last night.
It was so interesting and informative and with your humorous slant.
I have heard Mark Diacona do a similar talk on unusual veg and fruit ( that's why I knew more of the answers than most of the audience!) but your talk was  certainly as good as, if not better than his. 
There are so many pictures in my mind of your lovely children, sharing and eating the produce, getting muddy and having fun  and of course, helping you with all the tasks!!
I shall be passing your name to my other Garden group as a being a good  speaker to have on the programme." - Mrs Shelia F 


"...all enjoyed your talk very much and were very impressed with your enthusiastic delivery.  We liked your  youthful exuberance and your alternative approach to life in general bringing your children up to enjoy a relaxed and happy childhood...
...May I thank you most warmly for standing in at the last minute. We really appreciated that you came to our rescue at such short notice.
The committee wishes you well  in the future and may you continue to spread the word  so enthusiastically," - Mrs Edna W Eastwood Garden Club

"Thank you so much for coming to our garden club and giving a great talk on "Preserving the Harvest from your Garden".
We were all truly entertained and loved your ideas, enthusiasm, knowledge and your whole way if life! How you fit everything you do into your days is unbelievable but you have given us  a lot to think about and we will certainly try out some of your ways of preserving all the lovely fruit and vegetables that we grow instead of wasting it." - Sue Mansel Lacy Garden Club

"The gardening club was very fortunate to an informative and entertaining talk and left plenty of food for thought!" - Orleton and District Gardening Club

"Kev Alviti of An English Homestead was our speaker last night. He is a stay-at home dad/part-time carpenter. His wife works full time and they have three children. They have 52 veg beds, chickens, an orchard and a coppice. What an interesting and informative evening it proved to be. This is definitely “The Good Life” in action, though one that actually works. Kev is knowledgeable about all types of preserving and proved to be a very enthusiastic and entertaining speaker. It was great to hear his children are being taught to process food, which will be very useful to them throughout their lives. Hard to believe two girls under the age of 10 can pluck, dress and freeze pack chickens so efficiently and love doing it. I was reminded of all those old American films which showed the whole family being involved in homesteading. Kev has a website you will find interesting englishhomestead.com This is the place to visit if you want to learn more. For those who couldn’t come, you missed a great evening." - Bream Gardening Society

"Thank you so much for your interesting and informative talk last night. I enjoyed it greatly and from the comments made afterwards, I know our members did too. Hopefully we will be in a position to hear another of your talks before too long." - Hucclecote Gardening Club






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