Cotswold Grain Network

The Cotswold Grain network is a group of bakers, farmers, brewers and researchers who want to re-imagine the grain economy in the Cotswolds, promoting heritage and non-commodity grains and direct distributing locally.

They met in October at Hobbs House Bakery in Chipping Sodbury where the group made bread using heritage grains supplied by the farmers in the network. In the afternoon the group convened at Cross Hands Farm, Old Sodbury.

ORC’s Henny Lowth presented on the Organic at the Heart project telling how ORC aims to capture the creation and evolution of networks and hubs, whilst also providing decision-making support and advice.

Group work identified the vision of the group which highlighted the goals of the members:
  • Health of the population
  • Increase in heritage grain production
  • Engage more brewers and distillers
  • Soil health
  • Cotswold grain grown within Cotswold boundary or further afield?

Although the definition of ‘heritage grains’ are yet to be resolved, actions agreed on were:

  • Production of information cards for bakers to show customers where the grain has come from and what is meant by ‘heritage.’
  • Determining a baseline for soil health and standardise measurements for monitoring over time.
  • Produce a ‘yellow pages’ of members and skills
  • Run a series of events where hosts present their interest in heritage grain e.g. baking, milling, brewing.
  • Keep people connected. use the set of principles put together by the Southwest Grain Network

Connect with the Cotswold grain Netowk on Instagram @cotswoldgrainnetwork

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