Theft at community gardens has always been a problem. I tend to grow things that people are less likely to swipe, either because they have no idea what it is and how to cook it, or it can’t be swiftly picked. Crops like kale, chard, loose lettuce mixes rather than heads of lettuce are less likely to go, while tomatoes, peppers, fruits and berries tend to be prime targets.
The Town of Todmorden in Britain has turned unwelcome thievery on its head. In fact, they invite it. Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food group, has planted guerrilla food gardens all over the town, including at the cemetery. The whole town is welcome to pick from the plots, the food ones, not the um, people ones. Check out their pocket picking gardens. [youtube_sc url=”http://youtu.be/az3m5ewU9Us”]