Todmorden has had another healthy dose of publicity lately a la the Daily Mail: Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own veg.
Thousands of vegetables in 70 large beds around the town — are there for the taking. Locals are encouraged to help themselves. A few tomatoes here, a handful of broccoli there. If they’re in season, they’re yours. Free.
It’s an amazing story of one town taking charge of their food supply and striving to become the first town in England that is self-sufficient in food. They’re building community, feeding people, teaching kids where their food comes from, increasing health and wellbeing, connecting generations and supporting local business.
‘This is a revolution,’ she says. ‘But we are gentle revolutionaries. Everything we do is underpinned by kindness.’
The Incredible Edible Todmorden website continues this kindness with a tonne of information for locals and lots of lovely resources for those inspired by their actions. Truly inspirational work, go have a good look.