Incredible Edible Broome (IEB) is a volunteer community group initiated in 2013 by a group of keen gardeners. The name was adopted from the ‘Incredible Edible’ movement, founded in Todmorden, UK. The Incredible Edible philosophy is to garden where you can, with what you have, rather than wait around for funding, grants, or the right time to garden. Three years into the program, IEB has a significant following, with approximately 500 people on their mailing list.
IEB have a number of completed and ongoing projects. The most well-known and regular event is the Edible CIRCLE Fresh Food Share, held at Broome CIRCLE (Broome Community House) on the first Saturday of every month. Members of the public come together to exchange fresh produce, seeds, seedlings, empty egg cartons and jars. Broome residents have limited access to green grocers, or stores where fresh, locally grown produce is available. This was one of the main drivers for IEB, with Broome residents becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the produce supplied at the major supermarkets. Recognising that buying fresh produce can be difficult for a lot of people, IEB provides an avenue to obtain fresh food without having to pay financially for it. For example, the 2013 WA Food Access and Cost Survey (Pollard et al, 2015) showed that for families living in remote communities, in which both parents were reliant on welfare, they would have to spend 50% of their income to feed their family a nutritious diet. This compares to around 14% for the average Australian family. Therefore, IEB aims to reduce the stress of accessing fresh food for at risk populations. IEB became incorporated in 2016.
- Volunteer members from the following areas:
- Indigenous land management,
- Environmental science
- Indigenous youth support services
- Environmental health,
- Aboriginal health sector
IEB operates on little to no money. The group has been fortunate to have received several grants over the past few years. This support, combined with added income through fundraising and entry fees, has enabled IEB to expand project goals and outcomes.