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Forking Local Food Festival- Sat 3rd Nov

Published on: October 9th, 2018

 

3rd November 2018, 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

 

A celebration of delicious locally produced food and drink

 

Following the cancellation of September's Forking Local Food Festival due to weather, we are hatching a plan to rerun it in a small, compact form.

Where: Rotherfold Square, Totnes

When?: Saturday 3rd November, 11am-3pm

What?: Come and meet your local food producers, growing and processing food within 30 miles of Totnes. There will be the opportunity to chat to producers about their work, sample and buy produce, and munch your way through some delicious local hot food.

Why?: We think that supporting local farmers and food producers is a really good thing to do. We believe buying your food locally creates jobs, keeps money in the local economy, looks after our local environment and developing a resilient local food system.

Keep forking local!

Transition Walks: Open Eco Homes Special

Published on: September 25th, 2018

 

October 6 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The best way to find out about Transition in Totnes

 

Join us for a fun and interactive introduction to Transition Town Totnes, visiting some of the live projects and gaining an insight into the overall initiative. These unique tours will make particular reference to the building and housing side of our work, including sustainable building methods, renewable energy initiatives, and community-led housing projects

Who for? Anyone interested in learning more about Transition Town Totnes and our focus on the built environment.  (For private tours and group visits, click here.)

When: 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

Cost:  A voluntary donation is requested and any surplus after expenses goes towards the overheads of Transition Town Totnes, a registered charity. We suggest £20 for visitors and £10 for locals, but please pay what you can or what you think it is worth - it's up to you. And we really mean that - even if it is nothing!  The most important thing is that you come.

Where: Market Square, Totnes High St.  Between the tree and the ramp to the Civic Hall.

ContactEmail us to book your place.  If last minute, please call 07977 178214.

Access:  Please note, you will be walking and standing around. Please advise in advance of any mobility issues so we can make arrangements as necessary.

Can’t do the date, or looking for something more bespoke? Contact us to discuss how we can do a tour especially for you.

Further details - click here.

Open Eco Homes Weekend 2018

Published on: September 25th, 2018

 

5th-7th October

Transition Town Totnes is proud to present the 2018 Open Eco Home Weekend! 

From the traditional to the unconventional, you can visit inspiring homes in Totnes and the surrounding area which are at different stages on the journey to reducing their energy bills and environmental impact, and renewable energy projects making us less dependent on fossil fuels.

The Open Eco Homes weekend is all about providing inspiring examples of homes (and other projects) that have reduced their environmental impact, and renewable energy projects that are contributing to a low carbon economy.

From community building projects to renewable energy installations, renovated historic properties and retrofitted homes, there will be an abundance of inspiration!

There is no central location over the weekend but you can find programmes at Totnes Library and the TTT notice board in the Mansion, which will let you know the locations of the eco homes and projects and the times they are giving tours over the weekend. There will also be a special Eco Homes Transition Walk on Saturday 6th, from 1.30pm-5.30pm starting in the Market Square- please book beforehand.

You can also download the programme along with a helpful map onto your computer or phone:

 

Directions to Raythorn's Barn, Dean Prior, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0LT

Open for tours on Sunday 7th October between 11am-1pm

This is a bit of a tricky one to find so here are some extra directions:

The sat nav will take you to a bungalow on the edge of an open field. If you have approached from the A38 and the bungalow is on your right then continue down the lane for approximately 500 metres. Go past the brick walled entrance on your left and the entrance to Rathorne's Barn is signposted on the same side just after that.
If you are approaching from the opposite direction and don't spot the sign on your right, you may have to turn around.
Please note that there is limited parking and the property is still under construction so please take care.

Schedule

 

 

If you have any queries about the events please contact us by emailing ecohomes@transitiontowntotnes.org, or calling 01803 867358

CANCELLED Forking Local Food Festival 2018

Published on: September 18th, 2018

 

CANCELLED

We're very sad to announce that the festival is CANCELLED due to the inclement weather this weekend. Keep your eyes peeled for our fantastic new local food newspaper & map at local food outlets soon, and keep forking local!

 

Join local producers in a celebration of delicious locally produced food and drink, for the third annual Forking Local Food Festival held on Vire Island, Totnes. We are showcasing some great local producers this year, from a 30-mile radius of Totnes, with a range of produce including cheese, cider, fruit and veg, and meat.

 

 

This years festival will include:

  • Mad Hatter's tea party
  • Live Music
  • Food themed talks at the  'Pluckers, Buskers and Speakers Corner'
  • Arts and crafts
  • Range of local hot food options
  • Farmers' Market stalls.
For more updates and sneak peaks of the local producers join the Forking Local Food Festival facebook event!

 

Fringe events

This year we are hosting form Forking Local Food Festival fringe events, including a special performance of 3 Acres and a Cow: A History of Land Rights and Protect in Folk  Song and Story, on Saturday 1st September (6.30pm, Totnes United Free Church. Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part stortelling session. Find out more here

We're also offering a special food tour of Totnes on the 22nd September - visiting and celebrating local food projects and history that shape the town and community. Meet at 10am at the Market Square and arrive at the foof festival in time for lunch! Visit the event page for more details

Incredible Edible: Culture of sharing and gratitude

Published on: August 14th, 2018

 

Yesterday,  while pottering among the containers down on Steamer quay, where edible flowers, fruit, herbs and vegetables have been growing for the last few years, for all to share and enjoy, I was even more heartened than usual by interactions with those passing by.

An elderly woman told me that walking past these containers every day unfailingly lifted her spirits, seeing how well cared-for they were, how beautiful and productive. Also, the knowledge that they were tended and planted by volunteers for anyone to help themselves felt a wonderful ray of light in dark times.

Later a young man passing by gave £10 as an expression of gratitude for helping himself every day to mint, for his tea when he got to work.

Both these gestures and comments are not unusual in my experience of being one of the volunteers, and unknown gifts of gratitude sometimes appear in the beds, like a pot of honey, or a painted stone, as well as donations of money.

For me, growing a culture of sharing and gratitude became one of the mainstays of this TTT project of growing food for all to share in public places, superseding as the years went by, the initial intentions of growing more food locally [saving ‘food miles’] and encouraging people to find a way of growing their own fruit and veg even in very small spaces in tiny gardens or verandahs.

Reaction to growing awareness of the fruitful orchards, nut groves and tiny gardens around the place has not been uniformly appreciative by any means, and critical annoyance at rotting apples lying under trees, or broken branches lying where they have been torn down, have occasionally come my way.

Thankfully, this does not happen often, at least to my knowledge.

So I take heart at one more small step towards a tipping-point, a groundswell, of rejoicing in the bounty of the earth, there for anyone of us to enjoy.

Wendy

Aug.2nd 2018