Maija Hurme & Lina Laurent: Secret Gardeners

Being a farmer – in the middle of a city!

Authors: Maija Hurme & Lina Laurent
Illustrator: Maija Hurme
Swedish original: Plats på jorden
Publisher: Schildts & Söderströms, 2021
Genre: illustrated children’s nonfiction
Number of pages: 48 pp.
Reading material: Swedish original, English translation

Rights sold: Czech Republic, Host; World English, Pajama Press; Estonian, Ühinenud ajakirjad; Romania, Didactica

Three friends–Luna, Bianca and Billy–have discovered a secret place hidden behind a rickety fence. No one else knows about it and no one else owns it, except possibly Amy. Amy loves growing things and plants seeds wherever she can.

What kind of place is it really, though, and who’s the strange man with the bike who turns up when you least expect it?

Secret Gardeners is a story about friends who become urban farmers. It’s also a fact book for children that tells them all about seeds, microbes, compost and bokashi, carbon sequestration in soil, harvesting and beekeeping – and about no-dig gardening!

This is a fast-paced but profound story with plenty of tips for living closer to nature in a fun way.

About the authors:
Lina Laurent
Maija Hurme