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Here's our November 2009 bulletin.
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CONFERENCE TIME - Saturday November 14th is the date of our first
conference, right here in Tod at the High School. Our own
Mary will lead things off: other speakers will include Val Morris of
Pennine Housing, Myles Bremner of Garden Organic and Chris
of the Co-op. You can still download and send
in a form here (scroll down that page), or book online
directly if you have a Paypal account. But places are
you're sadly missing out, don't worry - in 2010 there'll be other
conferences in different parts of the country to spread the Incredible
REAL RED ROOSTER - Now when the Editor read about Red Red Roosters,
thought - well, what would you think? Surely that must mean that
animal on the left? - no, the one on the head of Head Grower
wrong can you be?
Turns out it's those spuds on the right that are called red
here about how Incrediblers have grown them on the tops. In
blog you can
watch their transformation from raw redness to roasted rrrrr... -
sorry, we couldn't find an alliterative ending, but they were tasty all
TASTY MONEY - Good news on the awards and
Community Trust (this is a link to our page about it) has awarded
us £1200. We were national
finalists in the 'Action for Market Towns' awards - part of our
continuing campaign to make IncrEdibleness a cornerstone of genuine
local markets (so we're right behind the new 'totally locally' campaign
in Calderdale, check their
website here). And after another award of nearly
£5k came from Lush, that man on the left has promised to wash
behind his ears for ever with their stuff. Well at least it won't
been tested on roosters. Just roisterers.
get asked quite a lot about money, how much we get and where it
At the moment everyone's a volunteer and all our money goes on tools,
materials and direct costs. On the website we've just published
our first year's accounts to February 2009 so you can see this for
yourself. And you can check out here
the legal formats of the two limited companies we've set up to operate
Incredible Edible in Todmorden, and in the wider world.
It is part of our long-term aims, though, to raise money and awareness
for training, and to create local jobs in the food-production and
Watch this space as things develop :)
THE HEART OF THE MATTER - The heart of our work is and always
will be, though, growing local food - by volunteers or as a
those artichoke hearts pictured on the right. Read
here about them and all the latest from the potting shed - peppers,
squash, apples, chilis and those red red roosters. Some guerilla
gardeners are just
doing it - read here a blog about how some locals have done
that on a piece of open space in Hole Bottom (yes Todmorden does have
some intriguing place names, our very own Unitarian Church is on Honey
Hole Road y'know).
NEW STUFF - We're still keen to learn how others do things so we
can apply the lessons. Hence our visit
to the Offshoots project's organic gardens in the grounds of
Towneley Hall, Burnley where they specialise in permaculture.
month we hosted
a visit by lively primary school students and staff from
Sunderland planning an Incredible-style project of their own.
Country Tracks programme paid us a visit; Inside
Housing reported on the terrific work at Incredible
Edible Pennine Housing; and Spiked
magazine helped push our message about the need for sustainability.
SECRET OF VEGETARIAN CRABS - See we haven't finished yet with
the names that have confused us this month. Helena's added to our
Incredible recipes with a vegetarian
Wisley crab cake. Naturally we expected a decapod
no - it's those yummy apples pictured on the left. Wisley crab
apples. Keep up in the back.
AND DON'T FORGET THE PARKIN
- Non-Yorkshire people may call it something else but we call it
parkin: it warms up a cold bonfire night a treat. Get
a historical recipe here.
This is a very small taster for a whole new section of the website
we'll be opening up next month, about the history of local growing,
including local voices. Stay tuned.
IT'S A PIG OF A JOB RAISING
TURKEYS - And maybe vice versa.
Incrediblers have saddleback pigs and organic turkeys for sale, support
your local producers here. Or indeed, wherever you are.
ever for your support.