What is Grown in Totnes? Find out about our crowdfunding Campaign
We made it! Thank you to everyone who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign, in which we raised over £26000 in May. www.buzzbnk.org/grownintotnes
Here are some photos from the fabulous oaty events we ran during May 2015...
These are the people that made all of this possible:
|Adam Sayner||Frances Northrop||Laura Maxwell-Stuart||Rachel Watts|
|Andrew Gilhespy||Francis Deutsch||Liz Turner||Ralph Habens|
|Angela Tiffen||Gill Coombs||Lyn Brown||Richard Graham|
|B Freund||Hal Gilmore||Lynsey Tiplady||Rob Hopkins|
|Barry Tiffen||Harry Nesbitt||MA Baumgartner||Rory Valentine|
|Belle Benfield||Hele Oakley||Maggie Bowden||Rosemary Kirby|
|Bob Wilkes||I M Barnden||Marcea Colley||Ruth Ben-Tovim|
|Carole Whitty||Isabel Carlisle||Marie-Claire Skrutkowska||Sally Croft|
|Caroline Harlow||Isabella Lazlo||Martin Haddrill||Sally Giles|
|Cathy McGavin||Jay Tompt||Mary Popham||Sean Ferris|
|Chantelle Norton||Jen Howard||Mary Popham||Sima Cutting|
|Chris Bird||John Elford||Michael Calder||Sky Chapman|
|Chris Holmes||Jon Stein||Michael Jeffries||Sophie Galleymore Bird|
|Chris Timpson||Jonathan Rae||Michelle Clarke||Sue Hughes|
|Claire Ryan||Jules Levy||Minni Jain||Sue Joel|
|Clare Bishop-Sambrook||Julia Leifeld||Mirella Ferraz||Susan Hannis|
|Clare Boyne||Julian Burn||Myriam Skrutkowski||Susie & Jules|
|Daniel Demmel||Julian Harrison||Narishta Rajaratnam||Teresa Anderson|
|Daphne Kourkounaki||Jutta Müller||Nathaniel Holmes||Terry Platt|
|David Lacey||Karen Butterworth||Nick Goff||Thea Platt|
|Dee Cunnison||Karen Hunt||Nicki Glassbrook||Thomas Butt|
|Doug King-Smith||Karen Townsend||Nicola Lang||Tim Crabtree|
|Emilio Mula||Kate Carfrae||Nicola Spurr||Tim Melia|
|Emma Croft||Katherine Hallewell||Nigel Lowson||Tony Homfray|
|Erica Cleverly||Katherine Oliver||Paul Mehew||Wendy Douglas|
|Erica Lewis||Kathy Killinger||Peter Tiffen||Wendy Stayte|
|Faisal Al-Jawad||Katie Tokus||Peter Yeo||Yuli Somme|
|Fiona Ward||Kirsty Maxwell Stuart||Rachel Summerscales||Zav Bowden|
What is Grown in Totnes?
Grown in Totnes is all about increasing the range of local food available to the Totnes area. Our local farmers mainly produce meat and dairy. We need more variety for a healthy, balanced and climate sensitive diet.
Several grains and pulses are suited to the conditions of the South West but at the moment those grown here are only destined for animal feed.
What are we doing about it?
Grown in Totnes is filling this gap in local food by keeping the growing, processing, packaging and selling of these staples all within 30 miles of Totnes.
- reduce food miles
- pay a fair price to local farmers
- ensure you know exactly what has happened to your food on its way to you
- let you know who has grown it.
We are starting out by growing oats in partnership with a local farmer, oats grow well in the damp South West. Currently all oats for human consumption are processed in vast centralised plants hundreds of miles away. We’ll be processing them locally. Grown in Totnes oats will be available to buy from this Winter.
Here’s where you come in ... please support our crowdfunding campaign!
We are fundraising for small-scale processing equipment to prepare and package our oats for sale in local shops. We already have £6,000, provided we match it through a crowdfunding campaign.
Please support our project with as much or as little as you are able. Our crowdfunding campaign on Buzzbnk is live throughout May. Thank you!
To turn raw oats into edible grain we need £25,000!
- a dehuller (£7,000) and polisher (£5,000) – to remove the inedible outer husk
- a roller (£5,000) – to flake the grains
- a grain store (£3,000) – to keep the oats fresh
- a sieve (£5,000) – to use at the local mill to grade oatmeal and oat flour.
Come and chat to us; throughout May we will be running a range of fun oaty events to raise awareness about the campaign and the many fabulous uses of oats. There are more events to be confirmed, including oaty Skillshares!
|DATE||TIME||VENUE||DETAILS OF EVENT|
|Tues 5th||7.00 – 9.00am||Totnes train station||Hearty Breakfast taster: We’re giving out porridge samples for morning commuters every Tuesday morning throughout May|
|Wed 6th||7.30 - 9.00pm||New Lion Brewery||TTT Food Group meeting - Oat Tastings:Taste the new Black Oat Beer brewed by the New Lion Brewery and trial various other oaty delicacies|
|Fri 8th &Sat 9th||10.00am – 1.00pm||Market Square||Grown in Totnes stall at The Markets: Hear about the campaign, make a pledge and sample some oaty snacks|
|Sat 9th||7.00pm||Masonic Hall, South St (behind the Market Square)||‘Oat Cuisine' dining experience’: Indulge in our four course Oat meal and discover the finer points of 'Oat Cuisine. £20 incl glass of wine/beer. Booking essential via http://tinyurl.com/oatfeast|
|Sun 10th||7.30pm||Bogan House, 43 High St||Grains Past and Present: A talk by Biodynamic chef Wendy Cook, £5|
|Tues 12th||7.00 – 9.00am||Totnes train station||Hearty Breakfast taster: We’re giving out porridge samples for morning commuters every Tuesday morning throughout May|
|Thurs 14th||8.30 – 9.30am||Civic Hall||Oaty breakfast at Local Economic Forum: Porridge, granola, oat smoothies available before the start of the LEF for £2|
|Fri 15th& Sat 16th||10.00am – 1.00pm||Market Square||Grown in Totnes stall at the Markets: Hear about the campaign, make a pledge and sample some oaty snacks|
|Sat 16th||12.30 - 2.30pm||Methodist Church Hall, Fore St||Food in Community's Pay What you Can Oaty Café: Join us at FiC’s bimonthly community lunch|
|Tues 19th||7.00 – 9.00am||Totnes train station||Hearty Breakfast taster: We’re giving out porridge samples for morning commuters every Tuesday morning throughout May|
|Fri 22rd & Sat 23th||10.00am – 1.00pm||Market Square||Grown in Totnes stall at the Markets: Hear about the campaign, make a pledge and sample some oaty snacks|
|Mon 25th||10.00 – 11.00am||Cider Press, Dartington||Magic Porridge Pot Competition: Show off your creative porridge making skills to some real Scots! Dartington Food Fair. Competition entrants contact Harriet to enter Harriet.Bell@dartington.org|
|Tues 26th||12.00- 5.00pm||Dartington Hall||Porridge Jousting: Take on your friends for some porridge slinging wheelbarrow fun at the Dartington Community Day|
|Tues 26th||7.00 – 9.00am||Totnes train station|
|Thurs 28th||2.00-4.00pm||Dartington||Baking skillshare: Join the Almond Thief bakery for this skillshare learning to bake scrumptious oat bread.|
|Fri 29th & Sat 30th||10.00 – 1.00pm||Market Square||Grown in Totnes stall at the Markets: Hear about the campaign, make a pledge and sample some oaty snacks|
|Sat 30th||6.00 – 11.00pm||Bay Horse Inn||Barbecue: Join us at the Bay Horse Inn in Totnes for a BBQ to mark the end of the Grown in Totnes crowdfunding campaign. Buy a pint of our specially brewed New Lion Brewery black oat mild and get some delicious local food.|
We are looking for a team of volunteers to help at these events and some donations of oaty culinary delights to entice the public to support the Campaign. To volunteer at any of the events above please contact Julian firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more
Learn more about the history of the Grown in Totnes campaign and its importance in broadening the range of locally grown food.
Grown in Totnes is a Transition Town Totnes project.