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Incredible Edible Todmorden

Apr 5, 2013

by Stephanie Madewell

What does it take for a community to buck mass-produced food and go local? Four years ago, residents of Tormorden, England, decided to find out. Incredible Edible Todmorden was born with the goal of making their community “food independent” by 2018 — basically, having the community produce all the foodstuffs it needs to sustain itself.  In this inspiring video, we get a glimpse of the project and how it’s transforming shared public spaces and traditional mindsets.
Do you think your community could become food independent?
Discovered thanks to GOOD.

3 Featured Comments

  • mazedasastoat said 8 years ago Featured

    What a truly inspiring bunch of people with an infinitely fabulous idea, makes me proud to be English! If just a few people are inspired to start their own Incredible Edible local movements, then just think of how much difference we could make.

  • andiespecialtysweets said 8 years ago Featured

    Yeah, Todmorden! It starts with one neighbor.

  • underneaththeoaktree said 8 years ago Featured

    I love it! I think people should take more responsibility for where their food comes from and there is no surer way of knowing your food than by growing it yourself. Its very difficult for one person to grow everything they need, so having a whole community willing to get behind the idea is really great. Great for the food, great for the community!

118 comments

  • MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Such an inspiring video. Love!

  • deodorantshop said 8 years ago

    What a great video! The British are onto something here.... it's ambitious for sure. Not sure it would fly around here just yet... thanks for sharing!

  • buhnon said 8 years ago

    Wow!

  • Aristocrafts said 8 years ago

    So inspiring! Sounds like the ideal place to raise one's children in a healthy enviroment on so many levels. Thank you for sharing!

  • richardlithgow said 8 years ago

    Great video! Thanks!

  • ScrapHappyLyrebird said 8 years ago

    As long as my community could produce cupcakes, then yes :)

  • TresorsDesMers said 8 years ago

    Oh how I long for community support and togetherness...it is something unheard of here. How can I start something like this?

  • knitsbycaitlin said 8 years ago

    Thank you!

  • AnatomicalQuilling said 8 years ago

    Just popping my head up out of a sea of quilling paper to say I really enjoyed this!

  • LivingVintage said 8 years ago

    Awesome!

  • enchantedplanet said 8 years ago

    What a great idea! Great vid too. :)))

  • jessgreenleaf said 8 years ago

    Way cool.

  • enchantedplanet said 8 years ago

    What a great idea! Great vid too! :)

  • LillyQueenBeads said 8 years ago

    <3

  • LillyQueenBeads said 8 years ago

    Love it!

  • FrillRide said 8 years ago

    Brilliant.

  • GreenToneEnviro said 8 years ago

    Thank you.....thank you. What an incredible video!! Take that MONSANTO and all of your GMO's!!!!!!

  • PruAtelier said 8 years ago

    How INCREDIBLE is this! What an inspiring, fun way to create, showcase and sell a scrumptious, healthy mix of food for local communities! I especially LOVE the bicycle-powered shake!!! This is such a wonderful example of everyone into the act having fun and eating well while producing it and best of all....GOOD BYE factory farming!

  • MGwaltneyPottery said 8 years ago

    Rock on!

  • OrlyZeelon said 8 years ago

    i love the idea-really getting back to the roots of agriculture. in Israel where I come from the weather is harsh and it is really difficult to overcome the hazards nature brings to us, for instance this year we had locusts-you cannot get rid of those unless you spray. all my love to non sprays natural food came to an end with the locust coming from Sudan. So it is not always possible. but Hey!! let the spirit live. So instead of a lovely garden I grow flower jewelry..

  • hoarderrehab said 8 years ago

    A Farmer's Market for all 24/7 and free! out of an entire town by 2018!!! Incredible! I'd love to live in a community like that! So inspiring. I love the three spinning plates symbolism for the community reconnecting people and community through self sustaining food production to a town that was once food independent. I think they have started a revolution on so many amazing levels! Kudos!

  • cottonbirddesigns said 8 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • picklehead said 8 years ago

    :) love this! I've started my very first veggie garden this year. Its so much fun and fulfilling to be able to grow your own food and share it too!

  • CafePrimrose said 8 years ago

    How wonderful!

  • DeathByVintage said 8 years ago

    This is wonderful! Thank you for posting. As a very vocal environmentalist...the threat of environmental hazards to our food production is overwhelming. This is most inspiring. Prayers for the planet...xoxo jyspye

  • burcuyurtolu said 8 years ago

    The education angle is really inspiring and important to create an awareness around healthy local food. But on the other hand, I wonder what would happen to international trade if all states decided to pursue this as a state policy...

  • michellequarterschap said 8 years ago

    Great video and idea!

  • PinkCheetahVintage said 8 years ago

    A revolution :)

  • EclecticForest said 8 years ago

    A great inspiration! I always say; "More gardens, shrubs and trees, less lawn!" I got rid of my grassy lawn years ago (and rid of the lawnmower!)... the lawn was replaced with gardens and paths and a pond. So now much gardening happens and food can be grown so easily! And nature is happier!

  • ShoeClipsOnly said 8 years ago

    Inspiring video, thanks for sharing!!

  • christineshmisteen said 8 years ago

    maybe they could run the name by us again... in case we missed it the first 499 times.

  • iwantpizzanow said 8 years ago

    THIS IS MY DREAM, whoever put this plan into motion is brilliant. I really hope this catches on more in Canada.

  • caitlinborck said 8 years ago

    Wonderful idea! I wish more people would get involved and we could all do this. Great example for people who want to try this. Can even be done on a smaller scale, if wanted...a family, maybe.

  • pochettegavotte said 8 years ago

    Fantastic!

  • H88255 said 8 years ago

    I love this idea. It is great to hear the move towards health because it is so very important. Our planet has become dependent on mass-produced food. Its wonderful to see a move toward the way it used to be. It's better for Earth, and better for US!

  • DesignsbyGypsyRose said 8 years ago

    how wonderful!

  • auntjanecan said 8 years ago

    WOW! Great idea and this is FABULOUS!

  • sukran said 8 years ago

    wow, stunning!! my husband is ready to watch it now

  • SistersLace said 8 years ago

    I enjoyed it very much, Thank you

  • BirdiesCozyNest said 8 years ago

    soooo wonderful!

  • purplepearl7 said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • thewildplum said 8 years ago

    Delicious and nutritious!

  • AxisMundiDesigns said 8 years ago

    Wouldn't it be great if towns like this one in Rhode Island, where most of the population depends on food stamps, could be self-sufficient in food? http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/food-stamps-put-rhode-island-town-on-monthly-boom-and-bust-cycle/2013/03/16/08ace07c-8ce1-11e2-b63f-f53fb9f2fcb4_story.html

  • aressa said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful idea....I would love to be a part of something like this...Kudos to you!

  • jwlc said 8 years ago

    Cool! If anyone is in Vancouver, BC, EYA (www.eya.ca) has a bee-keeping program for those under 30.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts said 8 years ago

    Superb!

  • SpaceMauve said 8 years ago

    Great .

  • skyvalleyjewelry said 8 years ago

    A very inspiring video.

  • kristofcorvinus said 8 years ago

    I would adore if this ideal was happening in my locality!

  • SundayOwl said 8 years ago

    I LOVE this.

  • KMalinka said 8 years ago

    Very interesting!

  • abenakcreation said 8 years ago

    I love this idea! Anything that brings communities together. This not only produces wholesome local food, but also togetherness, inspiration and spirit of community.

  • ikabags said 8 years ago

    Great video! Thanks!

  • Menno said 8 years ago

    What an Exciting idea Thanks Etsy for sharing this.

  • crottedebique said 8 years ago

    What a great video!! I've started to grow my vegetables this year! No chemicals, everything from the garden, can't wait!!

  • fairyrealm said 8 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC said 8 years ago

    Wonderful video! Would be nice if more groups of people in different areas got together to educate their communities on growing, eating and selling wholesome foods. Thanks for sharing!!

  • arbuss said 8 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • arbuss said 8 years ago

    "You don't have to have any qualifications. You just have to give a damn about tomorrow." Love it!!!

  • mazedasastoat said 8 years ago Featured

    What a truly inspiring bunch of people with an infinitely fabulous idea, makes me proud to be English! If just a few people are inspired to start their own Incredible Edible local movements, then just think of how much difference we could make.

  • emwi said 8 years ago

    This is awesome! I want my community to do this. I like in Athens, GA USA which is a huge foodie town. A lot of the restaurants already bring in food from local farms. I think my town could wipe out the sysco supplied locations and be self sufficient like this. Great story! Very inspiring!

  • Pollymom said 8 years ago

    What a great video! It would be wonderful if cities and towns in the U.S. could get on board and do stuff like this.

  • StarTribe said 8 years ago

    Saw this quite a few years ago when they were just starting out - it was on River Cottage, a fantastic UK series about wild and ethical and community made food; the early series is soaked with people doing what they can to get food back in the hands of the people. Wonderful stuff, and the team who produced that series are now a phenomenal force, getting communities together with all kind of land sharing and sustainable practices. The UK is wonderful for this kind of stuff, puts us Aussies to shame.

  • Jonnyss said 8 years ago

    I want to move there.

  • NirvanaRoad said 8 years ago

    Fabulous video.

  • sarahjordison said 8 years ago

    I want to live there! I dream of this kind of society where everything is local and not mass produced!

  • TeaandSquirrels said 8 years ago

    We can have Todmordens wherever we live. That is the point---to spread this idea on to other communities around the world and to revolutionize our food systems.

  • halsru said 8 years ago

    Peace Love & Recycling Thank you for showing the path...lets all walk it together.

  • matildecanepagonzale said 8 years ago

    Incredible and fantastic continue multiplying these experiences, there are certainly more initiatives....

  • NaviWing said 8 years ago

    This is fantastic. The only thing I'm worried about is growing things within such close vicinity to roadways and other transportation. The lead from exhaust is toxic... Wouldn't want that getting into the vegetables.

  • GypsymoonChain said 8 years ago

    Awesome idea, though it would never happen here, nobody wants to work for local food. Just eat it.

  • pamalamb said 8 years ago

    A nice fantasy...totally laughable in my area.

  • casadeboneca said 8 years ago

    Thank you!!! Amazing video

  • PiperPixie said 8 years ago

    Yes! Yes! We need more of this! This is an inspirational community and we should all take note;)

  • BelieveInHappy said 8 years ago

    I am so freakin inspired I'm going to my next community garden meeting, city counsel, everything I can get my hands in! How exciting if we could all strive for this in each our our communities. Thanks for the spring inspiration! AND TO EVERYONE WHO THINKS THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE... IT ISN'T WITH THAT ATTITUDE! Be the change :) I love you all

  • sandrostumpo said 8 years ago

    I am glad I saw this. I am going to plant some vegetables today.

  • andiespecialtysweets said 8 years ago Featured

    Yeah, Todmorden! It starts with one neighbor.

  • xZOUix said 8 years ago

    it would be so goood to have real options. i think it's a question of distant future...so yeah basically i'm not very optimistic when it comes to the topic of Earth's future

  • bedouin said 8 years ago

    Terrific feature and a significant part of the future. Pay attention to where you spend your money and keep corporations out of towns with a population of 10,000 and under.

  • richardlithgow said 8 years ago

    Great idea!!

  • codysanantonio said 8 years ago

    Sharing--this is wonderful!!!

  • KatiBrownDesigns said 8 years ago

    Fantastic!

  • marlenewalterplus2 said 8 years ago

    Wow! Great idea! Wish we could do that in my area.

  • TheWanderingEwe said 8 years ago

    This is something that I would love to see in my community!

  • bethanyguentherpeter said 8 years ago

    I'm a coordinator for a local community garden in Ottawa, and the waiting list is 4-5 years long. It's sad. But this is so hopeful because they show how any little space can be used for food growing! Fabulous.

  • AmberHeartOfTheFinch said 8 years ago

    Todmorden is a wonderful town! We've been looking to move there for a while, but if this good press keeps up we may be out priced! So shhhh everyone. At least for a couple of months. It also has the best garden center ever, called Gordon Rigg's. It's a huge asset to the community. I'll be planting my latest bargains from there tomorrow. :)

  • bbrosser said 8 years ago

    So Very Inspiring! Thanks.

  • kcparade said 8 years ago

    Definitely sharing this where ever I can. The video itself is such a good seed I'm going to plant it all over and see what happens.

  • mistprint said 8 years ago

    Awesome story and truly inspiring!!!

  • irinisklavounou said 8 years ago

    Stephan Brincat......I agree with you entirely, that is the way to go. If a whole community is inspired to move together all well and good. Otherwise we should just get on with it ourselves in our own backyard. Nothing that is ever really original waits for permission.

  • naturalwooddesign said 8 years ago

    Awesome!!

  • riajewelsandvintage said 8 years ago

    Thoughtful and inspiring post.

  • KandM24 said 8 years ago

    This sounds amazing! We've been trying to go off-grid and grow all of our own food and have talked a lot about the potential of a small community to do such a project! Great to know that it's already happening! Thanks for the video!

  • junquegypsy said 8 years ago

    The lady with the "You've been pollinated!" clothes pins made me smile.

  • ericawalker said 8 years ago

    I love everything about this! Thank you.

  • theadistler said 8 years ago

    Absolutely incredible!

  • BlueMoonLights said 8 years ago

    Really inspiring! I think that education, communities and small businesses will change the world! Thank you for bringing this story to us!

  • DantesSpirit said 8 years ago

    Do I think my community could become food independant? Possibly. but it'd take a lot of planning and a lot of time and I really don't think my area is ready for that yet. Then again, we do have alot of farmer's markets around here, so who knows.}:)

  • rickytalmage said 8 years ago

    Very cool! Love the "You've been pollinated!" clothespins!

  • GirlyForever said 8 years ago

    Awesome!

  • SugarBearHair said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story, thank you

  • SugarBearHair said 8 years ago

    very good info

  • HoneyThistle said 8 years ago

    This is absolutely amazing!

  • HappyEarthTea said 8 years ago

    Time to buckle up for this incredible change. Lord knows how much money the cash-strapped city spends to keep mowing the city corners. Imagine if we just planted food in those spots. It would be a good way to reduce the local government's fiscal deficit as well.

  • SHM2013 said 8 years ago

    I think that we will eventually trend back to home grown food versus mass production. Health and quality are suffering big time. It is a matter of time for us to realize that we have no clue about what exactly we are consuming each day.

  • LoveFateJewelry said 8 years ago

    "Guardian readers' Groovy Club" LOL! Good one!

  • wearthou said 8 years ago

    I've got goosebumps just listening to the amazing people that drive this wonderful, incredible initiative! I helps to support my own reasonas on why we just created a raised vegetable garden bed in the front yard to add to my backyard vegetable garden and I would love to see more people grow their own food instead of lawn! Thank you for bringing such an inspiring video to share which I will in turn pass it along!!

  • HoodVintageandWool said 8 years ago

    awesome this makes a lot of sense.

  • underneaththeoaktree said 8 years ago Featured

    I love it! I think people should take more responsibility for where their food comes from and there is no surer way of knowing your food than by growing it yourself. Its very difficult for one person to grow everything they need, so having a whole community willing to get behind the idea is really great. Great for the food, great for the community!

  • valeriakondor said 8 years ago

    Amazing!! This conscious effort worth more than gold! After all, we are what we eat. Isn't it how said?

  • FayeYvette said 8 years ago

    This is such a great initiative, I would definitely support this if it became a country-wide project. I currently grow my own peas and rhubarb and pick wild blackberries which I swap with friends and family for their homegrown apples and plums and make fruit crumbles and cakes.

  • ArtGallerySam said 8 years ago

    Great idea!

  • mandmruston said 8 years ago

    Don't think about it, just do it.

  • sueforey said 8 years ago

    I've seen something similar called guerrilla gardening but nothing on this scale. Municipal flower beds and those great, unused, expanses of lawn around office blocks would be a good place to start.

  • TheYearningRobot said 8 years ago

    Amazing!

  • AbleAprons said 8 years ago

    I love this! I think Portland should follow!

  • eshannon12 said 8 years ago

    That video was really well done. Super professional and made me want to learn more.

  • RoseofBlood said 8 years ago

    That's amazing and wonderful!! Change is one the way and more people are waking up!!

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