Pam Warhurst

Cofounder, Incredible Edible
Pam Warhurst cofounded Incredible Edible, an initiative in Todmorden, England dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community.

Why you should listen

Pam Warhurst is the Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission, which advises on and implements forestry policy in Great Britain. She also cofounded Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food partnership that encourages community engagement through local growing. Incredible Edible started small, with the planting of a few community herb gardens in Todmorden, and today has spin-offs in the U.S. and Japan. The community has started projects like Every Egg Matters, which educates people on keeping chickens and encourages them to sell eggs to neighbors, and uses a 'Chicken Map' to connect consumers and farmers. Incredible Edible Todmorden empowers ordinary people to take control of their communities through active civic engagement.

What others say

“I wondered if it was possible to take a town like Todmorden and focus on local food to re-engage people with the planet we live on, create the sort of shifts in behaviour we need to live within the resources we have, stop us thinking like disempowered victims and to start taking responsibility for our own futures.” — Pam Warhurst

Pam Warhurst’s TED talks

Pam Warhurst on the TED Blog

Health

11 talks on the transformative power of vegetables

August 9, 2012

If you walk into the cemetery in Todmorden — a small town in northern England — you will find vegetables and herbs defiantly growing. Ditto if you examine the strips of land in the middle of the town’s roads, the area in front of its elder-care home, or the landscaping around its railroad station.  You […]

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Quotes from Pam Warhurst

There's so many people that don't really recognize a vegetable unless it's in a bit of plastic with an instruction packet on the top.
Pam Warhurst
TEDSalon London Spring 2012 • 856K views Aug 2012
Inspiring, Persuasive
Can you find a unifying language that cuts across age and income and culture? … Yes, and the language would appear to be food.
Pam Warhurst
TEDSalon London Spring 2012 • 856K views Aug 2012
Inspiring, Persuasive