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Forum Post: Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own veg Read more:

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 20, 2011, 3:12 p.m. EST by Keepitsimple (110)
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This is absolutely great!!!

"Admittedly, it sounds like the most foolhardy of criminal capers, and one of the cheekiest, too. Outside the police station in the small Victorian mill town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, there are three large raised flower beds. If you’d visited a few months ago, you’d have found them overflowing with curly kale, carrot plants, lettuces, spring onions — all manner of vegetables and salad leaves. Today the beds are bare. Why? Because people have been wandering up to the police station forecourt in broad daylight and digging up the vegetables. And what are the cops doing about this brazen theft from right under their noses? Nothing.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2072383/Eccentric-town-Todmorden-growing-ALL-veg.html#ixzz1h6jKReV0 Well, that’s not quite correct. ‘I watch ’em on camera as they come up and pick them,’ says desk officer Janet Scott, with a huge grin. It’s the smile that explains everything. For the vegetable-swipers are not thieves. The police station carrots — and thousands of vegetables in 70 large beds around the town — are there for the taking. Locals are encouraged to help themselves. A few tomatoes here, a handful of broccoli there. If they’re in season, they’re yours. Free.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2072383/Eccentric-town-Todmorden-growing-ALL-veg.html#ixzz1h6jSPYol

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[-] 3 points by BlueRose (1437) 12 years ago

"So what’s to stop me turning up with a huge carrier bag and grabbing all the rosemary in the town?

‘Nothing,’ says Mary.

What’s to stop me nabbing all the apples?


All your raspberries?


It just doesn’t happen like that, she says. ‘We trust people. We truly believe — we are witness to it — that people are decent.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2072383/Eccentric-town-Todmorden-growing-ALL-veg.html#ixzz1h7196HdB

[-] 3 points by BlueRose (1437) 12 years ago

I know, why can't we line main streets with orange trees?

[-] 2 points by JeannyFrigide (11) 12 years ago

Horticultural Pranks! We should all plant vegetables everywhere! ^_^

[-] 1 points by jomojo (562) 12 years ago

I guess they could be planted around grocery stores too.

[-] 1 points by Keepitsimple (110) 12 years ago

Yes, this is great consciousness. And from what the article was stating, people in other towns are getting interested.

As I see it, this is definitely the consciousness of the OWS intent of self and community empowerment.