I recently petitioned our local swim and tennis club to replace their old, unused, dilapidated tennis courts with a community garden, offering to head the fundraising and operations myself. Their lack of response tells me the interest just isn’t there. Frustrated that others couldn’t see the incredible value in this (I’ll spare you the point paper I put together), I was overwhelmed, and overjoyed to say the least, to come across a particular video on the TED Talks.
Pam Warhurst heads Incredible Edible, an initiative in Todmorden, England, that encourages growing food in the community, wherever there is space. The curb areas in front of houses, around the police station, even in cemeteries. Can you imagine going to the doctor for a routine appointment and leaving with a few fresh-picked tomatoes? Can you imagine your children walking by their food source every day to school? This is a community wide investment to ourselves, our children, and the environment, through the common language of food. The small step of shared gardens, bringing back our pollinators, changing the way we interact, changing the very system of food production and how we live our lives.
I could of course, go on and on, but I’ll let you experience the initiative yourself. Please spare 13 minutes to watch the below video and please, please, please share it. Pass it along; hopefully you can get just as excited about it as I am!
More about the Incredible Edible initiative can be found here. Look for one of the initiatives near you, or better yet – start one yourself!