Caviar from Tod? It’s not as fishy as it sounds...

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CAVIER could soon be sourced here in Calderdale in the latest exciting project by Incredible Edible Ltd.

The pioneering sustainable company has won £500,000 Big Lottery funding for a food hub in Todmorden.

Planning permission is being sought for the building and education centre at the rear of Todmorden High School.

Fish and food will be grown with a recirculating system which means growing food will be controlled and sustainable.

Restaurants and the school canteen will be among the outlets for the produce.

Debbie McCall, a Food Inspirer with Incredible Edible, said the fish farm could have sturgeon – from which cavier is derived – carp, koi and tilapia. The actual stocks will be confirmed later.

Fish waste will help feed plants and fruit and veg will be grown around the site along with wild flowers on the building’s roof.

“It’s a hugely exciting project in our efforts to make Todmorden a place that can sustain itself in food,” she said.

The site will be used to provide accredited training opportunities for children including the new dipoloma in environmental and land-based studies which start in September.

Head teacher Helen Plaice said the unique project would give the school status and help it promote food culture and sustainability among pupils.

The building will be built from laminated timber frame clad with timber boarding and triple wall polycarbonate. Staff from Incredible Edible will manage the project, which also has the support of Calderdale Council, Pennine Prospects and NHS Calderdale.

The successful lottery bid was put together by Incredible Edible, the school and Green Business Network.

Incredible Edible has become internationally renowned for its success planting orchards, vegetables and herbs in public places, engaging the community and promoting learning.

Visitors have travelled from all over the UK and abroad to see the project first-hand and they included Prince Charles who described Incredible Edibile as a shining example of how individuals can support each other to live more sustainable lives.

The project has also won a Yorkshire and Humber Market Town Award, and been showcased at the Royal Horticultural Hall, London.