Transition Town Totnes Taking positive action together in a changing world Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:04:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Grown in Totnes harvest BBQ & farm tour, 21st August Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:19:25 +0000 Celebrate harvest with us this Sunday, 21st August, at Mike Roger's farm in Beeson!

You'll be able to see crops in the field, some harvested grains, and with luck the harvest in action (weather dependent), plus the grain store and some of the processing equipment. We also have some exciting news, which you'll be the first to hear!

The day will end with a BBQ: we will serve up some of our finest locally sourced foods, including meat, vegetable kebabs, salads, ice cream and cider, beer and apple juice. Note that the event is entirely dependent on the weather and if it is raining heavily we will postpone!

A rough plan for the afternoon is:
1pm to leave Totnes
1.45pm - arrive at Mike's
2.15pm Tour of the farm
4pm Refreshments and a bit of entertainment
5pm – 7pm BBQ* and drinks
7.15pm depart

If you would like to come to our Harvest celebration please email our new intern Fie – to book a place, as places are limited.

Please provide the following information:
- We want to encourage everyone to car share, please state whether you are driving and able to offer lifts (either one way, or return), or if you are in need of a lift
- How many of you are coming
- Whether you will join us for the BBQ* and whether you would like meat or a vegetarian option.

* We are asking for £10 to cover our costs, drinks will be charged separately. £5 under 12s, under 5s free.

We have estimated that 35 tonnes of crops which will be harvested for Grown in Totnes this year! These include:
- 3 types of naked oat
- 2 types of wheat
- 3 types of spelt
- Mazlin ( a combination of wheat and rye)
- Green peas
- Yellow peas
- Barley

Incredible Edible at Steamer Quay, every Thursday! Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:40:16 +0000 Join Wendy and the Incredible Edible team every Thursday throughout the summer to cultivate planters at Steamer Quay by the river (near the cafe/pirate ship play area) with their colourful mix of edible herbs, flowers, vegetables.

All are welcome - locals and visitors! 4pm - 6pm

Brexit Speed Dating, Friday 29th July Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:48:36 +0000 We all know how difficult relationships can be.

The UK has just been through a very divisive and emotional referendum. Come along and meet people with different views from yours, in a light hearted way, where each person is listened to, heard and respected. Facilitated by Inner Transition.
Market Square, Friday July 29th 11am - 2pm.

You might not fall in love but it will be interesting!

FREE Skillshare – Totnes History walk, Weds August 10th Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:22:37 +0000 Come along to one (or more!) of these free Skillshare sessions:

Elly is holding an Introduction to Storytelling Skillshare on Saturday 30th - Booking essential! Join a mosaic making workshop at the Rockery in Borough Park, Saturday 30th! Please book with Wendy: wendystt997(at) A group of Korean visitors are offering a Korean-British food exchange, on August 4th, and Kathy will be taking us on a Heritage walk of Totnes, aimed at locals, on August 10th.

See you there!


Fundraising film & tapas night! Tickets on sale. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:51:17 +0000 Film Club and Community Supper

July 26 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The film club's popular annual fundraiser.

Doors open and drinks on offer from 6.30pm, with delicious homemade tapas & desserts served from 7pm. The film will start at 8pm. Drinks available.
Ticket £9 - Tapas + dessert + film - inclusive ticket. (£5 youth concession - under 25yrs)
* Advance Tickets on sale at TTT – buy yours early & be sure of a seat!


85 min. When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology. After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets eating GM foods are now on the rise. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.

Field Notes from Underwood Farm Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:06:06 +0000 Wheat and spelt growing side by side

Wheat and spelt growing side by side

A month ago now we visited farmer Mike Rogers on his coastal organic farm in Beeson to see how our grains are growing and to talk about future plans. Seeing them at this stage you are reminded of how foundational the grass family has become to our societies. It is still a wonder of alchemy to me that profiteroles and springy sourdough bread start from these swathes of green blades.

As well as wheat and spelt (right), we saw two types of oats, yellow peas and maslin, a mixture of wheat and rye. And there is more growing on other farms. We're going to be truly multigrain!

As we walked around the farm we tried to put the world to rights, discussing food prices, the ecological impacts of farming and the livelihoods of farmers. Mike reflected on how times have changed since he started farming and his wish that the world was a surer place for his son as a farmer. When he was raising a family the Milk Marketing Board still existed, a producer run marketing board which guaranteed a buyer and a minimum price for milk producers. As a dairy farmer it meant you could predict what you would earn that year and be able to tell your bank manager with confidence. Gone are the days of such predictability. Nowadays farming can be a volatile and dangerous sector to be in and that is why we think it is important for us to be forging these links with local farmers and forming relationships more enduring than the whimsy of the food markets. Our food producers are families in our communities and responsible for the health of our land and should be treated as such.

We are still looking for premises for milling - we have a few options but none are ideal. If you have - or know of - anywhere suitable, please email holly at

To keep up to date with our progress, ask to go on our mailing list by emailing emily at

Maslin Bread - by Jennifer Ah-Kin on the Love Food website

Maslin is a mixed crop of wheat and rye. It's little grown today, but used to be the staple crop of large numbers of peasant farmers a few hundred years ago. Using wholemeal wheat and dark (wholemeal) rye, maslin bread is a high-fibre, wholesome alternative to the classic white loaf. For more on its history, see 'The history of maslin, the original rustic bread'. Note: this recipe takes longer to cook than normal tin loaves due to its high water content.

At a glance
  • Preparation time 120 mins
  • Cooking time 40 mins
  • Serves 4 people
  • 200 g (7.1oz)wholemeal wheat flour
  • 100 g (3.5oz) dark rye flour
  • 3 g (0.1oz) dried active yeast
  • 5 g (0.2oz) salt
  • 260 g (9.2oz) warm water
  1. Sift the flours over a large bowl to separate out the bran from the finer white flour.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix the bran with 130g of warm water. This hydrates the bran so it does not draw water out of the dough when mixed back in.
  3. Add the yeast and salt to the white flour and stir in.
  4. Add the hydrated bran back to the white flour, along with the remaining 130g of water. Mix well (no kneading), then leave to stand for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Prepare a small loaf tin (15 x 9 x 7 cm) by lightly oiling the inside surface. Scrape the wet dough into the loaf tin and level the surface with a spatula.
  6. Leave to rise for 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on room temperature. The dough is ready when it has expanded to the top of the loaf tin. NOTE: Start to preheat oven to Gas Mark 9 / 250°C when the dough has risen half-way from where it started.
  7. Bake at Gas Mark 9 / 250°C for 10 minutes, then turn down to Gas Mark 7 / 220°C for 25-35 more minutes. The loaf is ready when the top is mid-brown, and it sounds light and hollow when tapped on the base. Remove from tin and cool on a wire rack.
Totnes Food Festival – 8th October Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:10:34 +0000 As part of Food Link’s Totnes10 local food campaign, we are teaming up with local farmers and foodie folk to run a local food festival in Totnes on Saturday 8th October. This is a festival to champion and shout about the amazing local food producers and products we have nearby and we’ll be holding a series of fringe events in the run up including local food tours, foodie competitions and more!

We want community at the heart of this festival, and are looking for people to get involved in planning and creating the fringe events, and to help on the day, and of course to feature their local food products at the fair. Please get in touch with Myrtle: or 01803 867358


Open your home for eco-inspiration! Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:46:20 +0000 This year’s Totnes & District Open Eco-Homes weekend will be held October 14th-16th, and we are looking for people who would like to inspire others by opening their doors to show off their domestic eco-features. Homes featured in the past range from the small, to off-grid, to renovated older properties, high-spec new builds and eco-communities, demonstrating a range of ways to lower your home’s environmental impact; from simple measures like draught-busting and secondary glazing, to the use of natural materials, or cutting edge technologies, or considering the consumption of water, waste, food and transport too.

Homes are opened to suit the owner, so you could do one tour or a drop-in session for a few hours, or open for one or two days, or several tours over the weekend. This year a Friday evening session has been added to the programme. Properties are far afield as Dittisham and Ilsington have been featured, and Bob the Bus trips from Totnes can be arranged to more remote locations.

If you’re interested in opening your home and would like to find out more, please contact Mary Popham on, 01803 867358, or 07815 799996. Our deadline is Monday August 15th.

eco homes composite


Brexit Speed Dating Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:05:13 +0000 BREXIT SPEED DATING
We all know how difficult relationships can be

The UK has just been through a very divisive and emotional referendum.  Come along and meet people with different views from yours, in a light hearted way, where each person is listened to, heard and respected.

Market Square, Friday July 29th 11am - 2pm
You might fall in love!

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Building, Housing & Energy group: guest speaker Georgina Allen, Thurs July 7th Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:59:12 +0000 This is the monthly meeting for the Building, Housing and Energy Group, usually held on the evening of the first Thursday:

8pm Thursday 7th July in the Transition Network meeting room on the first floor of 43 Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 4HN - next to Bill The Opticians.

8-9pm: Reports and discussion on housing, planning and energy issues in Totnes and District

9-10pm: Guest Speaker - Georgina Allen of South Devon Watch on the group’s efforts to influence planning and development issues in the area

The event is free, but donations are welcome to cover the cost of refreshments. Please contact Mary Popham if you would like more information - marypopham at