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Incredible! Plant Veg, Grow a Revolution Paperback – Illustrated, 28 Aug 2014
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About the Author
Pam Warhurst CBE is a community leader, activist and economist with a passion for the environment. She is the co-founder of Incredible Edible Todmorden, but before that she was Chair of the Forestry Commission and leader of Calderdale Council. She is a fellow of the RSA, chairing its Yorkshire region, and an honorary fellow of the Landscape Institute. Joanna Dobson has worked as a newspaper reporter, sub-editor and English teacher. She is an enthusiastic vegetable grower, cook and advocate for food justice.
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Incredible! Plant Veg, Grow A Revolution.
Todmorden, West Yorkshire. From its beginnings as a small market town, through its rich industrial history, until recent years, with seemingly unending economic decline. The people of Todmorden have leapt onto the world stage and began a revolution!
The word 'revolution' conjures up thoughts of violence and bloodshed, and in truth what is happening globally might best be described as an 'evolution' - in that we, the people, are actually evolving. At no other time in history has the ability to shape the wellbeing of our own and our children's future been given to - The People. How so? The answer lies with the internet allowing unprecedented access to information, we can seek the truth rather than be fed lies perpetuated by those who would profit from the status quo.
The premise of the book is that because of a number of factors including; a reduction in oil production, an increase in demand for oil by other countries industrialising, a changing climate decreasing the amount of food produced and an economic system on the verge of collapse as a consequence of all of the above - we really need to start thinking seriously as individuals and as a society, about growing our own food.
As the famous American environmentalist Wendell Berry said, "it is one of the great superstitions of our consumer age that money brings forth food"
Food is grown by a combination of factors which may be condensed into two words, nature & nurture. Nature produces a seed which is planted into the earth, water and sunlight are free. All that is required is someone to nurture that seed, to keep it from harm and to reap the reward of the food produced.
In short, gardeners will inherit the Earth, not bankers!
I would encourage anyone even vaguely interested in the future of our planet, food, education, gardening and/or local communities to treat themselves to this book. Or if you really want to help your family and friends enjoy a Happy New Year, then give them copies of Incredible! for Christmas. They will enjoy the best of story-telling and Pam and her team make it easy for each one of us to follow up on their experience by providing practical guidelines at the end of the book for any level of participation in creating an Incredible Edible prefix to you home area.
Highly recommended - this is the stuff of which a bright future is made!
If you were looking for a 'How To' guide for your own project you are probably better of downloading the the 'Get Started' PDF from the Incredible Edible website (http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/resource/incredible-edible-get-started-kit and these are also free!!) as the book is more a commentary on the evolution of the project and does not contain much logistical information. Written in prose and interspersed with about a dozen photographs it covers the inception of the Todmorden campaign to it's growth to a national and international movement supporting local businesses and community projects on the way. The last 15-20 pages give some helpful tips on setting up your own group but the information is very general and focusses on the relationships of the people involved.
Personally, I felt the chapters were a little long, occasionally diffuse and would have had more impact at half, or even a third, of the length but it is detailed. Each chapter also contains around one or two recipes provided by volunteers and created out of the veggies that were grown. Again really useful stuff, but the odd photograph would have been nice. :)
All in all a great idea and nice (if slightly over-long) book but if you were expecting more project orientated information with breakdowns, budgets, plans and planting guides you will be a little disappointed as this is not a workbook and you need to go to the website.
Regardless, totally worth a read, so buy it and join the revolution.
people use their ideas and work together for the good of all.
I would recommend it to everyone.
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