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Todmorden, the British orchard town that is a model of food self-sufficiency

Todmorden, the British orchard town that is a model of food self-sufficiency

Todmorden is in West Yorkshire, England. It has 15,000 inhabitants and for decades it was just another town in the British countryside. Until in recent years it became the setting for the project that made it world famous: Incredible Edible (something like “incredible edible”), an unprecedented experience of collective agricultural production that consists of planting in public spaces from vegetables and fruits to herbs medicinals, available for anyone to use at piacere.

The crops are cared for by a network of 280 volunteers: each one dedicates two mornings a month to this task. Thus, the community is not only self-sufficient throughout the year, but the surplus is shared in the “great annual harvest festival”, which once had Prince Charles himself as the guest of honor. When leaving the train station, a map shows the visitor the location of the respective plantations and, under the slogan "Help yourself!" (help yourself), invites you to try them.

To learn more about this original move, click here or watch the following video (in English):

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Video: Dr Charlie Clutterbuck - Sustainable Food (May 2021).