Episode 149: Incredible Edible is an urban gardening project in Todmorden, England. Started in 2008, as a conversation between friends and envisioned as a revolution of kindness, Incredible Edible has transformed the market town of Todmorden into an edible oasis.
In this interview, Incredible Edible’s co-founder Mary Clear tells the story of how she and her friends turned their worry and fear into action by planting food in public places; potatoes and kale at the Railway Station, runner beans in front of the Health Centre, and corn outside the police department.
Mary tells us about the project’s economic impact, vegetable tourism, and the power that comes when you have no money, no paid staff, no buildings, and no public funding. With a motto of, “If you eat, you’re in,” Incredible Edible turns neglected, unloved places into beautiful food-giving gardens, complete with signs that say “Help Yourself!”
Over 1,000 Incredible Edible projects have blossomed around the world. Learn how you can start your own Incredible Edible project in this inspiring and uplifting interview with Mary Clear.
Learn more at their website: Incredible-Edible-Todmorden.co.uk/Home.
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This is the most uplifting podcasts I’ve listened to in a long, long time. Thank you.
Thank you, Dora! I agree. Mary Clear is a gem and Incredible Edible is an inspiration.
Thank you so much, Dora!
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This is absolutely wonderful. They should make a wide release movie about this place. At the very least, I nominate Mary Clear for president.
The podcast sounds great Jill. And it’s beautifully done. Thank you for sharing it with me.
I agree, Perry. Mary is such a role model for taking action and following a dream. And in doing so, she and her friends transformed a whole village into an edible oasis that’s a model for communities around the world.
Thanks for your kind words about the podcast and for listening.