Fruit and vegetable gardens as far as the eye can see
When the small British textile town of Todmorden, which lies between Yorkshire and Lancashire, started to produce fruit and vegetable gardens throughout the city as part of the Incredible Edible program, it was probably no one there aware of this new yet simple Concept would become a leading model of inspiration and self-sufficiency for the future.
Fresh herbs, juicy green vegetables and delicious fruit grow in the British city of Todmorden next to urban buildings, school yards, supermarket parking lots and various other places. Small gardens, flower beds and even small strips of soil in these areas are lushly filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, which is available at any time to anyone who wants them.
Incredible Edible – Healthy diet for all
All this is part of a program named Incredible Edible, created by Mary Clear, a local grandmother of ten grandchildren, and Pam Warhurst, a former owner of a restaurant known as the Bear Cafe in the city.
The duo had the common goal of making Todmorden the first city in the United Kingdom to be completely independent in food supply. And their efforts have been successful, at least as far as the demand for fruit and vegetables by the locals is concerned. Incredible Edible offers every citizen of Todmorden the opportunity to eat healthy fresh fruit and vegetables – all for free.
Beet rather than dog house
For the program, 70 large beds have been used, distributed throughout the city. There are raspberries, apricots, apples, blackcurrants, redcurrants, strawberries, beans, peas, cherries, mint, rosemary, thyme, fennel, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, onions, vegetables and herbs.
The project was not only very popular with the local population, but the system is generally respected and not used.
If you are turning a green tire used as a trash can and a dog’s toilet into a place full of herbs and fruit trees, people will not destroy it, I think we are programmed not to destroy food
Warhurst said in relation to the notion that the free supply of fruit and vegetables could lead to abuse or other criminal acts. She noted that almost the opposite was true – the Incredible Edible program has improved the interpersonal relationship in the community, and every single year since its introduction gradually led to a reduced number of criminal offenses.
Incredible Edible for a better social behavior
The program was so successful that even many other communities in the United Kingdom and abroad are now interested in creating such a public garden program. In addition to improving relationships in the community and reducing criminal offenses, Incredible Edible has revived a new sense of appreciation of food and its cultivation. In addition, the next generation has raised interest in growing food by itself, which many communities around the world admire.