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Archive for “Food” category

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8 Apr 2013

Cllr. Jill Tomalin on the Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint

Here’s Cllr. Jill Tomalin of Totnes Town Council giving her, and the Council’s, reflections on the Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint which was published last week.

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4 Apr 2013

Dr. Sarah Wollaston MP on the Totnes Local Economic Blueprint

Here are the thoughts of Dr. Sarah Wollaston MP on the Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint, which was published last week.

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3 Apr 2013

Lynette Sinclair of Tideford Organics on the Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint:

Lynette Sinclair runs Tideford Organic Foods on the Industrial Estate in town, and last week I visited her to ask for her thoughts on the Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint.  Here’s what she had to say:

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27 Mar 2013

Coming tomorrow: The Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint

LEB_cover (1)2Today’s post is really a warm-up for tomorrow’s.  Tomorrow morning, Transition Network’s REconomy Project will be publishing the first of 3 ‘Local Economic Blueprints’, for Totnes and District (those of Hereford and Brixton are in the pipeline).  I think it is one of the most important pieces of work that has yet to emerge from a Transition initiative, a real leap forward in terms of arguing the case for more local and more resilient economies.  For now, to give you a taste, here is the foreword I wrote that didn’t get used in the end, but which captures why I think it matters:

“Something remarkable is happening in Totnes. Something that is starting to be noticed elsewhere, something that’s a vitally needed story in communities up and down the country.  Greg Barker MP, former Minister for Communities and Local Government, noticed it recently when he told Parliament “what Totnes does today, the rest of the country will do tomorrow”.  The Western Morning News noticed it when they ran a lead editorial called “Hippy town comes of age”.  Chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall noticed it recently when he spoke of Totnes “blazing a trail for those who are interested in finding new heart in their community”.

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18 Mar 2013

A visit to Edible Landscapes London

Photo: Deanna Harrison.

Photo: Deanna Harrison.

I recently went to visit Edible Landscapes London, a project started a couple of years ago by Transition Finsbury Park.  The project describes itself as:

“a volunteer-led project which aims to help Londoners grow more of their own food. We propagate edible plants which are then used on local growing projects. We teach people how to recognise plants, which parts are edible, how to propagate them, how they are grown in a forest garden and even how to cook with them”.

On the day I visited it was pouring with rain, and with it being early March there was not much in the way of plants to be seen, but I made the following short film (slowly getting the hang of it, poor audio in places is due to torrential rain on greenhouse roof) which hopefully captures some of what the project is about.  See if you can spot the cameo by a mouse:

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