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Here's our September 2009 bulletin.
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STUFF GROWS IN THE STRANGEST PLACES - Yes we can grow almost
anything out of a tyre planter. Including young Cid on the
Actually we hope he's the future of Incredible Edible Todmorden.
have only to glance through our
schools blogs to see the importance of the work going on in every
Todmorden school - schools using spare land, pupils staff and parents
growing veg and fruit and learning together. We have high hopes
future work with the High School: read
here about their plans for an environmental and land based studies
diploma from 2011. We're not just growing stuff; we want ideas to
grow, training and education to grow, so that locally we can sustain
ourselves and our children's lives and our economy can grow too.
BEES LOVE LEEKS
- But we are still
flowers and fruit and veg too. Read
about Holly's digging up her spuds and relishing (no, not turning
into relish) her first tomato of the season. Or check
out Chris and Ellie's reports of the glorious colours of late
summer, including the flowers dotted among the vegetable rows, and the
way the bees (pictured right) enjoy the leek flowers left to go to seed
for next year's crop.
MEANWHILE, JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE
ALL TALKING ABOUT US DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE PARANOID - Yes, if you
haven't heard about Incredible Edible Todmorden in the news this month
you must have been on another planet. It
wasn't safe just to go abroad, for not only did the Minneapolis
Star Tribune have something to say about us, but Karla of the
Washington Post took the trouble to come and visit us before writing
her piece. Food policy was a hot topic which is why George Alagiah
mentioned us in his series, and ITN News at Ten came to see us: catch
the film here. The
Guardian says people should move to Tod; Coventry
recommends the example of IET to its residents and powers-that-be (so
maybe we'll have to forgive them for moving us to Lancashire in their
report); and the Mail on Sunday says Roll out the
barrows: You don't need an allotment to grow your own!
(hey, where did you think we
learnt to write our headlines? The Morning Star? - blimey, even
they've mentioned us.)
WHOSE LAND IS IT ANYWAY? - Actually,
hats off to the
Morning Star. That's the issue they're discussing. That's
one of the
key questions we want to ask. Whose land is it anyway? See
left, picking herbs from one of our guerilla spots as she regularly
does. Or look at Mary, right, a visitor sampling the delights of
Mary's propaganda garden. They're seeing 'public' land and what
on it in a different way. How exciting is that? - So we are
our posh and important visitors (who's that bloke down on the left more
interested in a cheesy smile for the camera than in talking about
cheese? Didn't he used to be in politics?) But we're glad
because they help spread the word to Christine and Mary and you about
what we're doing. And indeed about cheese - read
here about a new local cheese, East Lee, created in Todmorden from
organic milk produced on a local farm by a supporter of Incredible
COME TO THE INCREDIBLE HARVEST FESTIVAL - There'll be some of
that cheese at our second Harvest Festival. It's on Sunday
September 27th at Todmorden Unitarian Church. Bring produce
12:30 to 2:00. Then enjoy yourself with us from 2 till 4.
last year over 100 turned up. Schoolchildren all over Tod are
ready. Our Helena and Nick will be back with us by then (they've
in France, but
could we keep them quiet? Mais non, naturellement. Lisez, I
Nick's rambling Rumpole accounts of life and farming and growing there
his blogs here,
At the fest there'll be a fullupdate of where all our campaigns are up
to, including news of the conference we hope to mount in
there's a serious danger that you might espy your newsletter editor in
an unfamiliar role, singing, if he can muster enough crazy singers to
join him, about the Diggers, and potatoes, and Wangari Maathai.
She's the Kenyan Nobel peace prize winner who's dedicated
planting trees. Sow the seed and it will be, one more tree to
grace the earth - Wangari - Wangari!
us too at the Tod Green Fair Sat-Sun 12-13 September. And at the
Station Gala on Sun 20 September.
Be ready for our first national conference on Saturday
November 14th in Todmorden.
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