A Deliciously Resourceful Town Aims For Total Food Self-Sufficiency in 7 Years | Wake Up World

Posted by Trish Riley, December 22, 2011

The vegetable plots are the most visible sign of an amazing plan: to make Todmorden the first town in the country that is self-sufficient in food.‘And we want to do it by 2018,’ says Mary Clear, 56, a grandmother of ten and co-founder of Incredible Edible, as the scheme is called.‘It’s a very ambitious aim. But if you don’t aim high, you might as well stay in bed, mightn’t you?’So what’s to stop me turning up with a huge carrier bag and grabbing all the rosemary in the town?‘Nothing,’ says Mary.What’s to stop me nabbing all the apples?‘Nothing.’All your raspberries?‘Nothing.’It just doesn’t happen like that, she says. ‘We trust people. We truly believe — we are witness to it — that people are decent.’When she sees the Big Issue seller gathering fruit for his lunch, she feels only pleasure. What does it matter, argues Mary, if once in a while she turns up with her margarine tub to find that all the strawberries are gone?‘This is a revolution,’ she says. ‘But we are gentle revolutionaries. Everything we do is underpinned by kindness.’

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