ECO-campaigners are taking self-sufficiency to new heights in Todmorden– by asking supporters to back a book detailing the secrets of their success.
Incredible Edible in Todmorden has gone from strength to strength since co-founders Pam Warhurst and Mary Clear pioneered growing crops in public places – and urged gardeners to share the fruits of their labours.
The results led to sweet corn being grown outside the town's police station, salad ingredients outside the community college, and spawned flourishing sister movements in Burnley, Rossendale and Ramsbottom.
And now Joanna Dobson and husband Julian have composed an inside guide to the environmental crusade, which has garnered interest from Prince Charles and recently launched a £500,000 aqua garden at the town’s high school.
The couple have a ‘Kickstarter’ appeal ongoing, which has amassed £2,611 of a £10,000 target, with just over a fortnight to go.Their fundraising will see an initial print run of 700 copies roll off the production line – but if they eventually reach £20,000, or £30,000, then up to 5,000 editions could be created.
Joanna said: “Our book ‘Incredible!’ tells the story of this extraordinary movement from its earliest days, when co-founder Mary Clear ripped out the roses from her garden and replaced them with vegetables and a sign saying 'Food to Share', right up to the present, when people travel thousands of miles to be inspired by what's happening in this once overlooked town in the north of England.”
The rise of the initiative’s training centre, at Walsden, off- ering opportunities for young horticulturalists, is detailed, alongside advice about establishing fledgling ‘Incredible Edible’ groups locally.
Donors are promised everything from a copy of the ‘Incredible!’ e-book to a paperback version, inclusion on the inside cover and a dedicated fruit tree, depending on the size of their individual contribution.
If successful, the book will be launched next spring.
Find out more online at www.kickstarter. com/projects/365189083/incredible-plant-veg-grow-a-revolution.