TODMORDEN: A SELF-SUFFICIENT IN FOOD PROJECT THROW URBAN GARDENING IN PUBLIC SPACES
Todmorden is a village in the outskirts of Manchester where residents are self-sufficient in food production planting vegetables, fruits and medicinal herbs in more than 70 public spaces. This project was started by Pam Warhust in 2008, a businesswoman and former council leader in Todmorden when the economy was going downhill and fears about climate change were on the rise. Now this bright idea is not only bearing fruit but it is taking roots in other towns across the UK and as far away as New Zealand.
Todmorden is located in West Yorkshire, England, with 15 thousand of population. In the last years they became a model of food self-sufficiency thanks to "Incredible Edible" project, an unprecedented experience of collective agricultural production which involves planting in more than 70 public spaces vegetables, fruit and medicinal plants, available for anyone, even the local residents and tourists.
There are 280 volunteers taking care of the vegetables gardens, each one of them have to spend in the gardens only two mornings every month, which is enough to feed all the people and visitors during a whole year. For this reason, Todmorden is an example that reflects to us that it not necessary major changes in the life of the resident of a town or city to make it sustainable and to produce their own food. also they shared the surplus that are generated, in the "big annual celebration of the harvest” and that way they feel the satisfaction of a beneficial result to all of them, born from the common effort and the unity of the work in team and responsibility to the environment, which has made the citizens to establish closer links with each other and to take conscience of the environment.
Translated from spanish to english by Ayman Boujetoy