Todmorden, West Yorkshire, is leading the way in becoming more self sufficient by using pockets of land all over town to grow fruit and veggies, which are then freely available to anyone who wants to harvest and use them. There idea is to be inclusive, with a motto of ‘If you eat, you’re in!” The original plan was to use a unifying ‘language’ that cuts across age, income and culture- and the answer was food!
There’s 70 plots for the picking- broccoli at the train station; rosemary, thyme, mint and fennel near the health centre; apples, raspberries, apricots along the canal towpath; peas and beans outside the college; blackcurrants, redcurrants and strawberries by the doctor’s surgery and cherries in the supermarket car park, to name a few.
Now called the Incredible Edible movement, this principle has spread internationally, with many groups doing the same thing locally.
If you would like to learn more about it, visit http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/hom
Or watch the videos below:
Interview with one of the founders, Pam Warhurst.
Pam on TED. Some very interesting ideas and well worth watching!