When IET first started we were all just trying to do something good for our incredible town.
We were then, and in Incredible Edible Todmorden Unlimited still are, all unpaid volunteers who have pledged not to make any personal gain from what we do.
Tour guides, growers and events organisers all do what they do for love of the town and our community any donations made for a talk and or a tour are ploughed straight back into our work and grow food to share. But one of the things we longed to do was create jobs for the young people of Todmorden, so they could live and work here instead of having to seek employment further afield.
From the roots of Unlimited grew two separate Incredible not-for-profit companies.
The Incredible Farm at Walsden created by Nick Green, teaches permaculture, horticulture, business skills and more to young people of all ages and employs a manager, growers, sessional workers and apprentices, making opportunities for the young to learn skills that might mean them being able to set up on their own and even possibly in the future employ staff of their own.
The second not-for-profit company is the Aqua Garden, which is a collaboration between Incredible Edible Todmorden Ltd and Todmorden High School, and stands on land behind the school buildings.
It teaches aquaponics, hydroponics and soil-based growing among other things to young folk and employs a manager, food inspirers and apprentices who, with what they have learned, may also be able to create their own start up business.
The third opportunity to create paid work came when Locality.org, the leading nationwide network for community-led organisations, funded the incredible Edible Network - this has an office in Hebden Bridge and employs a network facilitator.
In a town as small as ours these extra jobs can only be good for the economy and the community.