Grown in Totnes is all about increasing the range of local food available in the Totnes area, a small market town in South Devon. Our local farmers mainly produce meat and dairy. A group of us from Transition Town Totnes were interested in seeing if we could create a healthier, more climate-sensitive diet, by broadening the range to include staple, plant-based sources of protein, such as grains, peas and beans. We interviewed lots of farmers and discovered that the majority were already growing a range of grains, including rye, barley oats, wheat and various legumes (pulses) to feed to their animals. This discovery set us on a quest to discover if we could process these ingredients on a small scale and create a local market for them. We were unaware of anyone else growing, processing and selling grains and pulses locally. We wanted to illustrate exactly where these foods had come from and ensure the farmers we were working with were being paid a fair price.
Funding has allowed us to make this vision a reality. We are currently working with three farmers to sell wheat that has a rich genetic diversity and therefore a greater ability to adapt to unpredictable weather patterns, as well as spelt, einkorn wheat, naked (without the husk) barley, naked oats, peas, lupins, lentils.