Author Archives: Sarah Elton

About Sarah Elton

Sarah Elton is the bestselling author of four books about food. She is also a public health researcher and food studies scholar.

My latest research publications

I have some new publications to share.

Relational Health: Theorizing plants as health-supporting actors is published in the scholarly journal Social Science & Medicine. 


Growing Methods: Developing a Methodology for Identifying Plant Agency and Vegetal Politics in the City published in Environmental Humanities 13 (1), 93-112.

Also, I have a new piece in Canadian Food Studies, Is the ‘obesity crisis’ really the health crisis of the food system? The ecological determinants of health for food system change in Canadian Food Studies/La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation 8 (1).

Seedy Saturdays and spring is (sort of) in the air

I heard a robin calling this morning which I took as a sign of spring, even though the biting cold wind feels more like winter. The potatoes my dad grew last year, and that are still left over, are alive in the cupboard, sprouting from their eyes, so anxious to grow and full of life that I feel strange peeling and chopping them. I’m packing up some seeds from cardoons I grew last summer in the hope that other gardeners at the Seedy Saturday will want to grow them too. They produce stunning thistle flowers and you eat the stem, if you are prepared to do the preparation work. I’m writing this post as a reminder to myself to start sprouting the seedlings because before we know it, the rain will come, the soil will thaw and smell alive again and all the gardeners I have been interviewing will be heading out to the garden to grow the plants that are so important to them.

Summer in the Garden

Summer in the GardenThis growing season I’m spending time with gardeners in the greater Toronto area for my PhD research project. I’m studying how growing food in the city influences the way people understand health and well-being. I also want to understand how what happens in the world around us influences how we grow food. The goal of my research is to better understand how we relate to nature in the city.

Already I’ve learned so much from the research participants who’ve allowed me to speak with them and visit their gardens.

If you’d like to learn more, you can visit the website for my study here.

Happy growing!