Latest topics
» The Money Masters: Behind the Global Debt Crisis
Today at 11:05 am by PurpleSkyz

» *Apocalyptic Storms*Flash Floods Greece-Sardinia-Rockford Illinois*Red Tide Florida*
Today at 11:02 am by PurpleSkyz

» NIBIRU News ~ Sightings Of The Binary System TWO SUNS PlanetX Worldwide 2018 plus MORE
Today at 10:59 am by PurpleSkyz

» Alternative Medicine Animals Domestic, Farm, Wildlife Animals Reno, Nevada
Today at 10:58 am by Consciousness Of Economic

» CROP CIRCLE 2018 - Yarnbury Castle, Nr Steeple Langford, Wiltshire. Reported 24th June.
Today at 10:55 am by PurpleSkyz

» UFO News ~ Weird Object Seen Near The Sun During A Large Coronal Mass Ejection plus MORE
Today at 10:54 am by PurpleSkyz

» Benjamin Fulford 6-25-18
Today at 10:47 am by PurpleSkyz

» Snopes Attempts to Debunk Geothermal Plant Link to Hawaii Volcano Activity
Today at 10:34 am by PurpleSkyz

» David Icke - How Do You Deal With Closed Minds?
Today at 10:31 am by PurpleSkyz

» SPACE "Object" Like "Nothing Seen Before"
Today at 10:30 am by PurpleSkyz

» As You Wish BBS Talk Radio - Saturday 6/23/2018
Today at 10:28 am by PurpleSkyz

» ORB of Energy near Silbury Hill England June 23 2018
Today at 10:26 am by PurpleSkyz

» Lest We Forget ~ YOU HAVE BEEN CAUGHT WITH YOUR TROUSERS DOWN JERZY
Today at 2:32 am by RamblerNash

» "Congratulations to ZAP" by BT - 6.24.18
Today at 2:06 am by RamblerNash

» POOFness for JUNE 23/24: BANKS, FIREWALLS AND IMMEDIATE PLANS TO FLEECE MORE SUCKERS OUT OF MONEY
Today at 2:01 am by RamblerNash

» POOFness for JUNE 24: ITS BEEN A LONG TRAIN A RUNNING TO KEEP MY DONATION SCAM A GOIN'
Today at 1:38 am by RamblerNash

» The Necessary Steps to Truth
Yesterday at 8:23 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Canada Second Nation to Decriminalize Marijuana After Uruguay
Yesterday at 5:25 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Circles in the Fields and troubles in the World - Jun 17 and 20 crop circle of 2018
Yesterday at 5:09 pm by PurpleSkyz

» 6 Powerful Solfeggio Frequencies that Raise Your Vibration
Yesterday at 4:32 pm by PurpleSkyz


You are not connected. Please login or register

Out Of Mind » FEEL GOOD ~ BODY & MIND » AMAZING PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS » Self-Sustaining Town Grows Vegetables in Most Unlikely Places

Self-Sustaining Town Grows Vegetables in Most Unlikely Places

Go down  Message [Page 1 of 1]

PurpleSkyz

avatar
Admin

Self-Sustaining Town Grows Vegetables in Most Unlikely Places

Posted by talesfromthelou on January 5, 2015
Posted in: Activism, Creativity, Food, Food as medicine, Nutrition, Poverty. 3 Comments
Self-Sustaining Town Grows Vegetables in Most Unlikely Places | Natural Society.
From and with permission of
http://naturalsociety.com
Christina Sarich
Jan 4, 2014

Christina Sarich
Posted on January 5, 2015
Could this be the answer to self-sustainability?
Imagine raising a vegetable garden right in front of your local police station, and not a single officer inquires about what you are doing. Or, plucking a few cherries from outside your doctors’ office before you go in for an annual check-up. How about harvesting some apples and pears from along a canal path? There are over 70 community gardens scattered around Todmorden, West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, and the residents there are encouraged to take fresh fruit and vegetables as they are inclined.
In the small Victorian town, they’ve decided that waiting on the state to take care of their hungry is not an option. Just outside the police station are three large raised flower beds, full of edible plants. There are kale, carrots, lettuces and spring onions – all free for the taking.
This is similar to another town in England that transformed its landscape into a giant food-producing garden able to feed everyone who lives there.
Outside a supermarket car park there are plentiful herbs like rosemary, fennel  and thyme that can be used for cooking delicious dishes, as well as beans and peas. Fruit trees abound throughout the town as well.
Todmorden wants to be the first town in the UK to be completely self-sufficient when it comes to food. They have a plan to get there by 2018. Mary Clear, a 56-year-old grandmother who co-founded Incredible Edible, says that it is an ambitious goal, but “if you don’t aim high, you might as well stay in bed, mightn’t you?’
When asked what happens if someone took all the apples, or cleaned out the sage in police station bed, she remarks, “nothing.” In Todmorden, they believe in people – that they are decent, and that they want to be part of a solution.
As Clear states:
“We trust people.”

Estelle Brown, a former interior designer, with a basket of home-grown veg.
She describes the notion as a gentle revolution. The idea for the completely self-sustaining town came when she and co-founder Pam Warhurst, the former owner of the town’s Bear Cafe, began wondering what they could do about the state of the world. They gathered up a few people and started planting.
This has burgeoned into Incredible Edible – and it goes beyond just planting vegetables or fruit trees. They want to stimulate the local economy and educate people about non-GMO, organic and sustainable food, too.
Instead of blaming the government,  or ‘others’ in the world, they decided to get their hands dirty – quite literally.
Now, children pluck liquorice or fennel from flower beds on their way to school, but the idea of free food for the taking didn’t catch on so easily at first.
She started by lowering the wall to her front garden, and encouraging passers-by to walk on her property and help themselves to whatever vegetables looked good to them. She even placed signs at her gardens asking people to take whatever they wanted, but the idea didn’t catch on for six months.
She realizes that a few gardens aren’t going to feed a town of 15,000 residents, but her program has grown. The local police station even recruits volunteers for her when residents stop by to dig up potatoes, or they encourage people to grow their own food at home.

From learning to pickle vegetables and preserving fruits to building an organic-raised bed full of delicious produce, Incredible Edible is teaching its residents how to eat well and to be totally self-sustaining. They’ve been so successful at promoting the idea that a local school was recently granted £500,000 to set up a fish farm to help teach useful farming practices to young people.
While we can’t all live in Todmorden, we can certainly perpetuate this model of sustainable living, and turn our backs on Big Ag. Turning a normally vandalized vacant lot into an organic vegetable garden with fruit-bearing trees is a much better idea than growing acres of pesticide-laden fields, isn’t it?

Share this:



Thanks to: http://talesfromtheconspiratum.com



  

Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum