Thursday, December 15, 2011
British town grows all of its own vegetables, witnesses improved civic life and reduced crime as a result
"When the small British mill town of Todmorden, tucked in between Yorkshire and Lancashire, first began installing fruit and vegetable gardens all around the area as part of the Incredible Edible program, it likely had no idea that the novel, yet simple, concept would make the town a foremost inspirational and self-sustaining model of the future.
Fresh herbs, succulent greens, and tasty fruits can be found growing near civic buildings, college campuses, supermarket parking lots, and various other places. Small garden plots, raised planting beds, and even small soil strips in these areas can be found brimming with fresh produce, all of which are free to anyone who want it, and at any time.
It is all part of a program called Incredible Edible..."
This idea is genius. We have so many people that can no longer make ends meet. Fruit and vegetables are missing from their diets. Food Banks are suffering from lack of donations because in today's world demand exceeds supply. Why not incorporate this in our cities. Let the school students do this as a course in Intermediate and High School and receive school credits for this. Heck, Grade School students would benefit from learning how to grow their own, it would be a great class project.
We all know the quote, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Well let's substitute fish for learning how to plant a garden and just imagine the possibilities.