Grown in Totnes – The Oat Project

by Transition Town Totnes
Match Funding £6,000

About the project

Goals

Tipping Point £6,000
To buy a roller £11,000
To buy a grain store £14,000
To buy a Sieve £25,000
£26,067.5
tipping point
£30.000
20%
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
12hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

 

OATY EVENTS

Come and visit us at our festival of Oaty events during May

DATE

TIME

VENUE                

DETAILS OF EVENT

Tues 5th May: 

7.00am – 9.00am

Totnes train station

Hearty Breakfast taster: We’re giving out porridge samples for morning commuters every Tuesday morning throughout May

Wed 6th May: 

7.30pm - 9pm

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 and Sat 9th May: 

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

9th May: 

7.00am - 11am

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. Booking essential via http://tinyurl.com/oatfeast

10th May: 

7.30pm

Bogan House, 43 High St

Grains Past and Present:  A talk by Biodynamic chef Wendy Cook, £5

12th May: 

7.00am – 9.00am

Totnes train station

Hearty Breakfast taster: We’re giving out porridge samples for morning commuters every Tuesday morning throughout May

14th May: 

8.30am – 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 and Sat 16th May

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

16th May: 

12.30pm -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

 

19th May: 

7.00am – 9.00am

Totnes train station

Hearty Breakfast taster: We’re giving out porridge samples for morning commuters every Tuesday morning throughout May

Fri 23rd and Sat 24th May: 

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

25th May: 

10:00am – 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 must pledge to the crowdfunding campaign and book their place with Harriet Bell harriet.bell@dartington.org

26th May: 

From 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Dartington Estate

Porridge Jousting: Dartington Community Day. Take on your friends for some porridge slinging wheelbarrow fun

 

26th May: 

7.00am – 9.00am

Totnes train station

Hearty Breakfast taster: We’re giving out porridge samples for morning commuters every Tuesday morning throughout May

Fri 29th and Sat 30th May: 

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

30th May: 

5.00pm –  9.00pm

Bay Horse Inn Oat Beer & BBQ: Quaff our own black oat beer brewed by New Lion Brewery and eat oaty fayre, plus local BBQ delicacies. All food and beer proceeds to Grown in Totnes.

 

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?

This project will work with producers to expand production into crops for human consumption, particularly those that can be stored, in order to:

·        deliver improved access to nutritious, local and affordable food

·        develop direct markets for producers to ensure that they receive a fair wage

·        reduce reliance on those forms of energy intensive livestock farming

·        create greater diversity and resilience in terms of ecosystems, produce, occupations etc. 

·        increase the range of local food available to independent retailers

Nearly all of the grains grown in the Totnes area are fed to animals for the production of meat and dairy produce.  This is not an efficient way to create food to feed humans.  It makes sense to use land that is suitable for crop production to grow crops for direct human consumption (provided that these crops can thrive in local conditions).

Grains and legumes are staple foods, of high nutritional value that can be stored, an important attribute with todays increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, allowing us the potential to reap in the years of plenty enough to cover the leaner years.  These crops have not previously been associated with 'local food', largely because of cheaper labour costs overseas and vast centralised processing and packaging plants.  Both factors contribute to the vast distances these crops travel before arriving in our shops and on our plates.  In Totnes we have many shops selling a wide variety of pulses and grains that come from all over the world.  They rarely originate from the UK, let alone Devon, and this project seeks to reverse this trend.

 

Can you give us some statistics on this problem?

Transition Town Totnes (TTT) recently carried out a piece of research called the Economic Blueprint. This found that £20 million was spent in the town's two supermarkets on food and drink annually. In comparison we spend £10 million within the 60+ independent food shops in and around the town.  The research showed that local food outlets support three times more jobs than supermarkets, relative to retail spend. This trend is mirrored down the food chain, with those producers that provide for local markets employing on average 3.4 full-time jobs compared to the regional average of 2.3 per farm.  If we could encourage people to just shift 10% of their food spend away from local supermarkets this would bring £2 million pounds in to the local economy.

http://www.transitiontowntotnes.org/groups/reconomybusinessnetwork/economic-blueprint/

 

What is your solution?

Our vision for Grown in Totnes is to create a replicable model for a vibrant, sustainable local food economy that provides staple, nutritious produce for all, by working with consumers, producers, processors and retailers to encourage pride and support for local produce.

We will work with producers to diversify the range of local produce available to include those staple crops that can be dried and stored and provide small-scale, local processing facilities for grains, legumes/pulses, nuts and edible oils.  Initially we will start with a crop that has been grown locally in the past for human consumption: oats. 

We know oats grow well in the damp, warm climate of the South West and we know oats are enthusiastically consumed locally.  You may have seen them growing in the fields but these will all be harvested and fed to animals. At present all oats destined for human consumption are processed hundreds of miles away in one of only three processing plants nationwide. We are working with a local farmer who has planted 2 acres of Oats for Grown in Totnes.  The harvest will be processed using small-scale, local facilities purchased with funds raised by this crowd funding campaign and the produce will be sold in local shops from this Winter.

We will encourage customers to visit the farm and restore connection with where their food comes from.  We want people to know the grower of their food and we will work with local retailers in the town, including the seven outlets selling whole foods, to encourage promotion of 'Totnes Grown' produce.

 

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Pledge a donation, be it small or large.
  • 5 minutes
    Share the link to our crowd funding page the more people who support us the more we can promote Grown in Totnes produce. Join us on social media: Facebook, Website and Twitter. Find out about what we are doing and join the conversation.
  • 15 minutes
    Commit to chatting to friends about the project and find at least one other person to pledge their support for the campaign.
  • 30 minutes
    Commit to chatting to friends about the project and find at least two other people to pledge their support for the campaign.
  • A few hours
    Come and visit us at the many events that we are running throughout the month of May. Details can be found in the READ MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT Section. Remember to regularly buy Grown in Totnes produce to support the local food economy and the growth of small-scale production and processing. THANK YOU!!!
  • Regular time commitment
    If you have business or marketing skills, engineering or farming skills and would like to be part of an advisory group helping with the development of Grown in Totnes we would love to hear from you. Or perhaps you have some land and would be interested in growing crops for us or carrying out some crop trials. Contact holly@transitiontowntotnes.org

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Within local community (including local council)

Who do we help?

Farmers: The Totnes Economic Blueprint showed that local producers employ 50% more staff than large scale farms. By broadening the range of local food produced and marketed in the area Grown in Totnes aims to ensure that farmers receive a fair price and demand is created for an under-developed local market. • Skilled Jobs: Grown in Totnes will provide opportunities for re-skilling and creating employment in the local food industry; including farming, small-scale processing, marketing and retail. • Affordable, nutritious food: Grains and legumes have a high nutritional value. The project will run 'Skillshares', available to everyone in the community, to learn to cook affordable, nutritious, tasty, simple meals using grains and legumes. • Food Security: crops that provide plant protein have the advantage of being able to be stored thereby covering the 'hungry gap' from January to May and potentially providing food in lean years; a valuable asset in today's times of increasingly unpredictable harvests. • Retailers: Grown in Totnes will offer access to a commodity that has not previously been associated with local food and retailers will benefit from being at the forefront of this shift.