One way to really appreciate how good an idea is, is when it gets emulated or replicated in other places. And if you’re looking for one of the best examples of that, look no further than the Incredible Edibleproject.
In 2008 Pam Warhurst, from Todmorden, Yorkshire first came up with an idea of doing something positive and more productive with some of the area’s public spaces. Her idea was to get the town to become more sustainable by starting to grow its’ own food again by using these said public places. And like all good ideas...it quickly caught on, capturing the imagination of the entire community and the interest of plenty further afield.
Starting out with basic herb gardens, the project quickly expanded and there are now vegetable plots and orchards galore in the town. The idea was not just that the areas would be used for planting and growing foodstuffs but that the community could benefit by literally helping themselves to the produce. Other initiatives like the Every Egg Matters campaign and the proposed Fishy food hub mean that although this project is diversifying, it is still staying true to its’ original ethos. With all their local schools now involved, Incredible Edible has become an exemplary model of how community projects like this should be done.
Just imagine the impact a project like this could have on the area where you live. If you think your area could benefit from doing something similar, check out the Incredible Edible Starter Kit where all the basic advice and tools can be accessed to help you get your project off the ground.
It just goes to show you what can be achieved if you have an idea, you nurture it and you let it grow....