Incredible Farm is a not for profit business run by volunteers, it is an offshoot from the wider organisation Incredible Edible Todmorden which grows food on civic land throughout the town that can be picked and used by all. Today was the first farm open day and allowed visitors to look round the site, see the new born chicks, try a hand at some artwork in the polytunnel and visit the geese and chickens amidst a jumble of boardwalks and raised beds. They also had a newly arrived catering van on site selling teas, coffee's, soup and bread and of course cakes and cookies. Additionally they were selling a small amount of local produce including Pextenement cheese - my favourite being the delightfully fresh East Lee - and as we are still early in the season - bunches of wild garlic and bags of freshly picked salad from the tunnels.
I loved the place.
It's got the ethical credentials spot on, but more than that, it's making great use of an area of donated land which would otherwise be left derelict and they are bringing a fantastic educational space to the area. We visited with my friend Liv, a reception class teacher at nearby Shade primary; she has recently visited with her class to plant up their very own vegetables - they will be returning each month following to repot, plant on and generally look after their growing things.
I hope to see more open days and more produce available to buy as the year goes on.