TED Talks (TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design) always interest me, particularly when a Talk simultaneously helps to dispel conventional belief about growing food while empowering people to take creative action.
Pam Warhurst, who cofounded Incredible Edible, an initiative dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the Todmorden, England community, gave an inspiring Talk this spring about how the IE volunteers were “reinventing community” by allowing food to be “a unifying language.” It is unifying, is it not?
“What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.”
Pam: “We’re all part of the local food jigsaw. If you eat, you’re in. [We’re] starting at last to believe in ourselves and to build a kinder future.”