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Incredible Edible Somerset

PUBLISHED: 17:04 10 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:02 20 February 2013

What will you be growing?

What will you be growing?

Somerset Life asks "Will you be joining the growing ranks of Somerset residents growing their own food?" If you are, then this could well be the month to give it a go

Incredible Edible Somerset


Somerset Life asks "Will you be joining the growing ranks of Somerset residents growing their own food?" If you are, then this could well be the month to give it a go

Tuesday 16 October is World Food Day, 2012. This years official theme, announced each spring by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is Agricultural cooperatives key to feeding the world.
As part of the international celebrations, educational charity Somerset Community Food is launching a new initiative to help local people co-operate to grow more of their own food.
Incredible Edible Somerset takes its inspiration from the Yorkshire market town, Todmorden, home to the original Incredible Edible, where Mary Clear, one of its founders, says: If you eat, youre in!
Incredible Edible Somerset is a response to the mounting wave of interest and enthusiasm for all things green fingered and follows on from detailed research into access to land to grow food on in the county.
We know there are over a 1000 people on allotment waiting lists in Somerset and while there is good provision in some places, other communities have very little access to land to grow food on. As food prices rise, more and more people are looking for a patch to try their luck at growing some proportion of their own produce, says Linda Hull, the projects co-ordinator.
As more people are inspired to start growing their own, Incredible Edible Somerset staff will be working to make it easier for them to share local horticultural knowledge and skills. An active online network of community growers, home gardeners, allotmenteers, smallholders and community growing projects of all sorts is already up and running with over a 100 members from every district.


Future plans include publication of a handbook and development of a YouTube channel (look out for this on our Life TV page)

Future plans include publication of a handbook and development of a YouTube channel featuring local groups success stories about finding land and learning how to grow while making new friends among the lettuces.
In 2013, a mobile exhibition will tour the county promoting the benefits of growing your own while seeking out skilled and knowledgeable mentors willing to share their gardening and growing know-how with others. A survey into training needs will be conducted to ask what do Somersets growers need to improve their skills and harvests? And the search for progressive landowners willing to lease or sell land for community food growing will continue.
Following the huge success of a pilot Incredible Edible Open Gardens Weekend, which attracted over 130 participants to 11 demonstration sites in August 2012, a directory of on-going learning opportunities and field trips is in the pipeline.
If you have a productive site you would like to open to visitors, please get in touch. Alternatively, let Incredible Edible Somerset know what skills you would like to learn and they will endeavour to link you to a mentor in your area.

To find out more, visit: somersetcommunityfood.org.uk or call 0300 365 0360

In a nutshell...

World Food Day is part of a week of global action to promote the principles of food sovereignty, which:




  • Focuses on food for people

  • Values food providers

  • Localises food systems

  • Puts control locally

  • Builds knowledge and skills

  • Works with nature






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