Have you heard of the Incredible Edible phenomenon? A food-inspired movement that originated in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, that has developed to over 100 groups in the UK and has spread globally as far as Canada and New Zealand. From small herb gardens to community plots and campaigning, the Network has a focus on growing produce, providing training and learning opportunities and supporting local commerce wherever the group operates. In this piece we hear from Sarah of Incredible Edible Hooky, part of Hook Norton Low Carbon Community Action Group who are doing amazing growing work in their community.
Guest piece by Sarah of Incredible Edible Hooky:
The New Year upon us, Incredible Edible Hooky are celebrating the launch of our new – and first – Incredible Edible website: www.incredibleediblehooky.com
The website speaks of our purpose, but it is also a way to get in touch, volunteer or donate to the project. There is a page which shows the location of our beds, two other pages that touch on aspirational projects for this year, an events page, and a page for sharing recipes; these will focus on seasonal food that can be foraged, or that is growing in any of our beds. Finally, there is also a food exchange notice board. The aim here is to be able to advertise any excess food that anybody might have who is growing their own in a garden or allotment. Clearly this is likely to come into its own later in the year, when harvesting gets underway. Do take a look, contact us and let us know your thoughts.
On another note, we are now deep in planning for the year ahead. Plans are afoot to extend the beds in Watery Lane and the East End. We are delighted that the Guides will be taking over the beds in the Memorial Hall garden, and with our help, the Rainbows will be setting up their own plot at the Baptist Hall. We also have two other potential projects that we hope to get underway this year. The first is the establishment of an Apothecary / Herb Garden at the health centre. The other is the (re)creation of a vegetable garden at the school, including new beds and a greenhouse. Critically, to go-ahead with these projects, we need a handful of additional volunteers. In the case of the Apothecary garden, this will mainly be to help with general maintenance under the guidance of our project lead, Sophia Ktori. An hour every couple of weeks to keep it tidy would suffice. For the school project, we are looking for a couple of people to step forward to run the currently lapsed gardening club with the children. Again, if anyone is interested, or knows someone who might be interested, do get in touch.
We will shortly be putting out some dates for meetings and working parties There will be a chance to catch up with ongoing plans and projects, as well as the opportunity to get your hands into the soil and get planting for the forthcoming season. A common misconception is that you need to be a good gardener to get involved – not so! A good number of us have never grown vegetables before and are learning as we grow. There will always be someone to offer advice. We also need people willing to lead projects. These are non-gardening roles. So if you are a good communicator and co-ordinator and are moved by our purpose, we’d love to hear from you. Keep an eye out on our website, Facebook page, or contact us to join our mailing list and be kept up-to-date with all the latest developments.
So, lots to do. We look forward to seeing you in 2017.
The Incredible Edible team