Incredible Edible

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The Incredible Edible project is an urban gardening project which was started in 2008 by Pamela Warhurst, Mary Clear and a group of like minded people in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, England.[1][2] The project aims to bring people together through actions around local food, helping to change behaviour towards the environment and to build a kinder and more resilient world. In some cases, it also envisions to have the groups become self-sufficient in food production, hence having all food being produced locally.

Incredible Edible Movement[edit]

Since its conception, the Incredible Edible ethos has been taken up by communities all over the world and there are now 120 Incredible Edible official groups in the UK and more than 700 worldwide. In 2008 to help sustain existing groups and continue to inspire new ones in the UK, the Incredible Edible Network was launched with Pam Warhurst as its chair and Tanya Wall, as its operational lead.

In the UK, these groups' collective success has begun to directly influence decision-makers both on a national and local level. In response, the network has evolved from a resource for members into a fully fledged movement, simply known as Incredible Edible.[3]

History[edit]

"At first, we had trouble getting people to help themselves, because we're from a country where people say, 'Get off my land', so we had to tell people it was OK .... nearly 50% said it had had a positive impact on their income." [4] -- Mary Clear

In 2009, Prince Charles visited the Incredible Edible Todmorden project in support.[5] The group meet regularly at Todmorden Unitarian Church and manage plantings and other food producing projects throughout the town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paull, John (2011) "Incredible Edible Todmorden: Eating the Street", Farming Matters, 27(3):28-29.
  2. ^ Paull, John (2013) "Please Pick Me" – How Incredible Edible Todmorden is repurposing the commons for open source food and agricultural biodiversity, In J. Franzo, D. Hunter, T. Borelli & F. Mattei (Eds.). Diversifying Foods and Diets: Using Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health. Oxford: Earthscan, Routledge, pp.336-345.
  3. ^ "Incredible Edible". 
  4. ^ Fox, Killian (18 February 2012). "Incredible Edible 'It's not all about free food'". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Incredible...it's a national breakthrough as Tod representatives meet Prince Charles". Retrieved 26 August 2012. 

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