Find out what we've got to look forward to this spring.

As spring unfurls, there’s a growing sense of awakening within all our active projects, especially so for Incredible Edible. Coordinator Paul Bradbury has been busy tending to our community orchards and growing spaces, organised a seed swap in the Totnes Climate Hub and given a talk on 'Growing in the time of climate change', alongside fellow long-term experienced community food-grower, Laurie Taylor.

Coming up, we've got a creative writing workshop at Totnes Climate Hub on April 27th exploring the theme of 'Writing The Future We Want: Climate Hope & Thrutopia'. Facilitated by novelist Sophie Galleymore Bird, with a guest appearance by author Manda Scott, these workshop is intended for writers of every level of experience. Places are limited to 12 so book early for all 3 sessions to avoid disappointment. Click here.

We're also very excited about hosting a series of Community Resilience Forums this spring and summer, which will explore the theory and practice of growing resilience in our land management, nature and ecology, and principles of just transition in activism. The three forums include:

  • Land Use: who owns Totnes? – the first workshop on April 27th will look at land rights, which is particularly topical in Totnes at present.
  • Nature Recovery – the second workshop in June will explore biodiversity collapse and nature recovery (through regenerative practices, rewilding, etc.).
  • Just Transition - the final workshop in July will explore the meanings of a Just Transition through real-life examples.

Each session will include leaders in their field, including local projects and academics, who will invite discussion and debate on these pressing issues of our time. More details coming soon.

The next Local Entrepreneur Forum takes place on May 16th and will see another four local projects pitch their ideas to a Community of Dragons, the friendliest bunch you could ever hope to meet when asking for investment in a new venture. Some of favourite local businesses did exactly that and are still thriving years later. It's the 12th one and is widely considered one of the best things to emerge from the Transition Movement in Totnes.

Mother Roots is a new project that has emerged in the last couple of years that we're supporting, led by a collective of m/others with the aim of 'Amplifying the mothering energy that lies within all of us'. A Community Engagment Day is taking place on May 18th at the Civic Hall in Totnes. It will feature contributions by artists on the theme of motherhood. Expressions of interest to submit your work are due by April 17th. Find out more about this and more ways to get involved in some of our projects by visiting the events page of our website.

Read our latest newsletter to find out more about all the above, including some very important news from Leechwell Gardens and Friends of the Dart, two wonderful initiatives that need a little bit of your help to protect these community assets for future generations. Don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter to ensure you don't miss any updates in future.

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