June 7, 2012 Leave a comment
An inspiring story in today’s Metro concerns two women who four years ago, in their fifties, established Incredible Edible – a food growing and sharing scheme which has now been adopted internationally.
To date, more than 30 other areas in Britain have taken on the name and similar schemes are running all over the world.
Incredible Edible was founded by Pamela Warhurst and Mary Clear – now 61 and 56 respectively who wanted to cut through all the red tape that often comes with community projects and just get out there and grow.
Incredible Edible relies on volunteers and donations and a refreshing “can-do” attitude. ‘We never envisaged that it would become a world movement,” said Mary Clear. “We have no staff, no office, no filing cabinet or telephone number other than our own, and yet a world movement has happened. …We had the balls to stick with it and carry it through, without referring to the usual models – consultants and bureaucracy.”
This is a wonderful example of older people’s entrepreneurial activity, energy and passion which we know is there in bucket loads and about which we should hear more. Any more examples anyone?
PS: The only downside of the Metro article is that the accompanying illustration is of a random young woman. Why no picture of the two ladies themselves, or at least a photo of an older gardener?