Sow: eat your yard

I love this TED Talk from Pam Warhurst, founder of Incredible Edible, an initiative in Todmorden, England dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community.

Although I first watched it ages ago, Sue from Daily Echo reminded me of it the other day. It was one of the inspirations behind the birth of the Mortroski Midcentury Urban Farm (along with our raging desire for tasty and beautiful produce in North Texas).

Please have a watch. Even if you aren’t too keen about digging up your own front yard, if you see your neighbors doing it, hopefully you will encourage them. Besides, if you do, they’ll probably give you some of their bounty.

It’s raining tonight here in North Texas. I’m glad for the water and the pollen scrub. My allergies have been going so insane that my boss gently suggested that three weeks of being snotty is not normal and I should get checked out before I hop on a plane. Turns out we are having some of the worst allergy conditions ever. Hopefully the rain washes away some of the ick. The rain barrels are full again. And I don’t need to water the Urban Farm tomorrow.


Full disclosure:
We are not digging up our front yard and planting food. We have too many trees and lovely native North Texas plants. But we will continue to add to the backyard!


4 thoughts on “Sow: eat your yard

  1. I love the Todmorden initiative. Not just for the sense of community it has reforged, but for the less obvious effects.. children growing up within such an environment, with all the benefits that has, insect life with a varied home, awareness of food and how it grows… the cycles of nature… oh the list is endless. 🙂


  2. Poor you. My allergies drove me insane last year. They started very early and lasted forever. I know exactly how you feel.


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