Down-to-earth Northerner Pam Warhurst is coming to Guernsey with some plain-talking advice on how to turn a small idea into a huge community project.
Along with her team, she wanted to find a unifying language that would cut across social divides and bring disparate groups together. So Pam and her team started with the one thing everyone loves – food. Their inclusive motto is “If you eat, you’re in....”
Pam and team created the ‘Incredible Edible Project’, in their home town Todmorden, aiming to turn all and any spare space into edible landscapes. They decided not to allow the project to slow down by asking permission, and instead just set about changing the town with their spades and compost.
Along with collaborating with schools and educating youngsters about where food comes from, they have created new walking routes around the town, which take locals and visitors past sprouting cemeteries, edible towpaths, small friendly cafes and locally-run shops. They have genuinely changed the way people experience Todmorden.
Pam has been both surprised and thrilled to discover that their project not only appeals to locals but has also gained international traction, with what she now terms ‘Vegetable Tourism’. Individuals, architects and town planners are coming to visit Todmorden to see how they too can integrate these simple yet incredibly positive ideas into their own towns and communities.
Join us for what will be an inspiring evening.
When & Where
The Dandelion Foundation
The underlying motivation behind The Dandelion Foundation is to bring the community together to help create a better place for us all to live.
Every islander already has the potential to offer our community something to help our community to move forward in some way. The Dandelion Foundation aims to release that potential.
The world is changing every day. Making a big difference at our community level no longer requires the resources that only government is capable of delivering. The capability of small groups of people to make a real difference is already here and that provides us with a fantastic opportunity.
There has never been a better time for a community like Guernsey to unite to inspire bold action. Guernsey is both a town and a country. It is the perfect societal model to come together to try out new ideas for the benefit of the local population.
It is early days in terms of the project. At the moment it is very much about the bringing together of a large group of islanders that believe that we are capable of something more.