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Incredible Edible harvest

Residents of Hale have started harvesting the ‘Incredible Edible’ tubs. This project started in April when tubs of compost were placed at the Bungalow, near the War Memorial and in the grounds of St Mark’s Church – and residents were invited to plant them with herbs, fruit, and vegetables.

The Reverend Lesley Crawley, a priest at St Mark’s said, “We were a bit worried that that tubs would remain empty, but they soon filled up with green beans, marrows, tomatoes and courgettes. Every week, when I looked out of the window at St Mark’s, another plant had miraculously appeared – it has been just magical, and so exciting.”

John Ely, a local resident and part of the Incredible Edible team said, “Last week I saw a family passing the Bungalow planter as I was watering it. I invited them to help themselves to courgette. The young lad, Ryan, duly obliged! Mum said ‘It will go in our stir fry tonight’. Now that is what Incredible Edible is all about! I noticed the large marrow at the Hale Rec planter has gone. Hopefully taken by another hungry resident.”

Incredible Edible is a community project that aims to increase our awareness of food and where it comes from, bringing communities together and helping make a step towards a more sustainable world. It seems to be working in Hale.

Incredible Edible Tubs

You may have seen a strange tub or two appearing in Upper Hale. There are actually three – one at the Bungalow, one near the War Memorial and on in the grounds of St Mark’s. They have been filled with compost so that anyone, you perhaps, can plant them with herbs, fruit, vegetables… anything edible!

Incredible Edible is a community project that increases our awareness of food and where it comes from and makes a step towards a more sustainable world where all of us can be fed without a negative impact on our world. It started in 2008 in Todmorden and is spreading across the country and indeed the world, bring communities together and having a great deal of fun doing it!

The Reverend Lesley Crawley said, “If you spot the tubs then please plant in them – you don’t need permission! But find a way of labelling what you have planted and indicating to people how to tell when it will be ready to eat. Happy planting!”

You can find out more on the Incredible Edible website: http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/

Incredible Edible Tubs

You may have seen a strange tub or two appearing in Upper Hale. There are actually three – one at the Bungalow, one near the War Memorial and on in the grounds of St Mark’s. They have been filled with compost so that anyone, you perhaps, can plant them with herbs, fruit, vegetables… anything edible!

Incredible Edible is a community project that increases our awareness of food and where it comes from and makes a step towards a more sustainable world where all of us can be fed without a negative impact on our world. It started in 2008 in Todmorden and is spreading across the country and indeed the world, bring communities together and having a great deal of fun doing it! You can read more here – http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/

Anyway – back to the tubs – please plant in them – you don’t need permission! But find a way of labelling what you have planted and indicating to people how to tell when it will be ready to eat. Happy planting!

Lesley Crawley

Incredible Edible goes ahead in Hale

Incredible Edible is a food growing movement that started in Todmorden in west Yorkshire in 2007. People started growing food that was free for all to take and it transformed their community. A group of residents have decided that we should spread this magic to Hale and so look out for planters and free food!

John Ely, a local resident and member of Farnham in Bloom Community Group said, “We have been very fortunate that Farnham Town Council have offered us three planters to get going. We already have food growing that we can put into the planters thanks to the work of the Post 19 charity.”

Carol McFarlane, who runs the Hale Community Project, commented, “It feels like the village is growing in community spirit, more and more initiatives are bringing us together to work for the benefit of all. I am very excited about this project, I’m particularly hoping the young people of the village will get involved with planting and growing.”

The Reverend Lesley Crawley added, “There are a number of groups involved in this, Farnham in Bloom, Hale Community Project, The Bungalow, Transition Farnham, Farnham Local Food and St Mark’s Church. However, everybody and anybody can get involved. If you want to know more, just contact me.”

 

Incredible Edible Hale

Incredible Edible is a food growing movement that started in Todmorden in west Yorkshire in 2007. It shows what difference a small number of people with creativity and generosity can make. Two women in the town, Pam Warhurst and Mary Clear, were really worried about their community and also about the terrible state of the environment. They both had grown up children and they could see that something urgently needed to change if their grandchildren were going to have any kind of future. However, they knew that the authorities were slow moving and that lots of people felt powerless about the environment.

So Pam and Mary decided they needed to do something that would catch people’s imaginations, get them asking questions and then get them taking action together to create a greener, stronger, more resilient town.

They decided that what they should do was grow food. So Mary, whose garden is in quite a prominent place in the town, dug up all her roses and replaced them with vegetables and a sign that said ‘Food to Share. Help Yourself’.

Meanwhile Pam had gathered some more supporters and within a few months, vegetables began to pop up in some rather unusual places. Runner beans in the cemetery, for example. Sweetcorn outside the police station. Cabbages beside the main road. And every plot had a sign saying ‘Food to share. Help yourself.’

Recently, a group of enthusiasts gathered at St Mark’s Church, and decided that we will give it a go in Hale. We will start small and see if it grows! Farnham Town Council will let us have three large planters – one at St Mark’s, one outside the school and one at the war memorial. There is compost at the Town Council’s greenhouses and a local charity that serves disabled children can provide seedlings for us to plant. The food that will be grown will be free for all. Everywhere where food is grown we will write “Incredible Edible Hale: Food to Share, take some, it’s free”

You can find out more about Incredible Edible here: http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/

Incredible Edible in Farnham?

Incredible Edible is a food growing movement that started in Todmorden in west Yorkshire in 2007. People started growing food that was free for all to take and it transformed their community. There are now more than 120 Incredible Edible groups in the UK, more than 500 in France and others across the world. Could Farnham be one of them? An open meeting is planned to meet to discuss this idea at St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane GU9 0LT on 9th March at 4pm. All are welcome.

The Reverend Lesley Crawley, priest in the Parish said, “Food is something we are all interested in – where does it come from? What chemicals are being used? How does that affect the environment? Sometimes we can feel so powerless but together we can affect things and change them for the better. Please come to the meeting, it is not a meeting just for church people or people of faith, this is about all of us and our community, both local and global.”

You can find out more on the Incredible Edible website: http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/

Incredible Edible

Incredible Edible is a the food growing movement that started in Todmorden in west Yorkshire in 2007. It shows what difference a small number of people with creativity and generosity can make. Two women in the town, Pam Warhurst and Mary Clear, were really worried about their community and also about the terrible state of the environment. They both had grown up children and they could see that something urgently needed to change if their grandchildren were going to have any kind of future. However, they knew that the authorities were slow moving and that lots of people felt powerless about the environment.

So Pam and Mary decided they needed to do something that would catch people’s imaginations, get them asking questions and then get them taking action together to create a greener, stronger, more resilient town.

They decided that what they should do was grow food. So Mary, whose garden is in quite a prominent place in the town, dug up all her roses and replaced them with vegetables and a sign that said ‘Food to Share. Help Yourself’.

Meanwhile Pam had gathered some more supporters and within a few months, vegetables began to pop up in some rather unusual places. Runner beans in the cemetery, for example. Sweetcorn outside the police station. Cabbages beside the main road. And every plot had a sign saying ‘Food to share. Help yourself.’

They started a lot of conversations. People started to ask questions about their food, about why it was being air freighted from poor countries, about what kind of chemicals were being used to produce it.  They started to look at land differently. Most importantly, they started to see themselves not as passive consumers but as people who could take action and change things.

Incredible Edible isn’t just a growing project; it’s a model for helping a place to thrive. Some of the things that have changed in Todmorden since Incredible Edible started are:

  • People have begun to move into the town because they are attracted by what they have heard about Incredible Edible
  • The secondary school is sourcing 90 per cent of its food from within a 30-mile radius
  • People have started to use the market more because they want to buy local food and because they understand that money spent in the local economy tends to stay in the local economy.
  • Literally thousands of people have come to visit Todmorden to see what is happening and then gone back to their own towns to start incredible edible projects. As a result there are now more than 120 Incredible Edible groups in the UK, more than 500 in France and others across the world.”

Interested? A group of us are going to meet to discuss this idea at St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane GU9 0LT on 9th March at 4pm. All are welcome. You can find out more here: http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/