Commercial Growers Short Course - Application form

Online Commercial Organic Growers Course - Information & Application Form for 2022

The Kindling Trust works with its partners to build a sustainable food system, particularly for Greater Manchester. We believe the city needs to, and can, produce a lot more of its food. Manchester is not alone in this situation. Britain has some of the best agricultural land - what we need are more farmers.

This 4-day commercial organic growing course is intended to encourage a new generation of commercial growers to meet the growing demand for sustainable food. This in person course is aimed at helping new growers in the UK to establish themselves to supply their own local buyers (like Manchester’s co-operative - Veg Box People, Unicorn Grocery and the many farmer's markets around Greater Manchester).

The course will cover the main technical issues, including: propagation, soil types and preparation, salad growing, crop planning and rotation, cover crops, marketing and machinery, and business planning and finances.

We recommend that you do an additional two days volunteering on farms or market gardens that are available to you, in order to gain practical experience and get a taste of working at a commercial scale - you can do this at Woodbank Community Food Hub at one of our regular volunteering sessions. As part of the course you will be asked to complete an assignment and present it to the trainer and the rest of the group on the last day. This is really informal so please don’t be put off by it - it is an excellent opportunity to help you focus what you are learning into the context of setting up a food growing enterprise and to get feedback from the group.

The fee for the course is £180 (inc VAT). Kindling Trust Supporters get a 10% discount.

Places are limited and will be allocated to those applicants who show a commitment to becoming commercial vegetable producers and who are able to attend all the training and volunteering sessions.

We look forward to hearing from you - please complete the application form below as fully as possible by 5pm on Wednesday 17th August 2022 - if you have difficulties with this please email farmstart@kindling.org.uk and request the application form in downloadable format to send on to the same email address by the same deadline. Any other questions please do contact us using this email address too.

1. Contact details
2. Are you currently?
4. Growing Experience & Knowledge
Including area cultivated, crop types, growing methods, the use of produce, markets etc.
5. What skills and knowledge do you hope to gain from this course?
7. Business proposal

This course is designed for people who want to start growing commercially. If you have plans please outline them briefly below. If you are at an earlier stage and have a fledgling idea don’t worry the course will help you to do this, so outline your idea.

Mention other people involved, types of crops, growing technique etc.
8. Marketing
10. Please indicate why you are interested in attending this short course:
Availability - please confirm which days you are available to attend the training on

13. Privacy Notice

The information you provide us with in this form will be used by The Kindling Trust in order to review your suitability for the course, and its suitability for you. We also use application information to monitor and demonstrate our social impact. By providing your information you consent to it being used in these ways.

We will never use this information to contact you for any other purpose without your consent, and we will never sell or share this information with any third party.

If you are successful in applying for a place, we may want to use some of the information you provide in this form - for example your name, why you’re applying and what you plan to do next - to help us tell others about the course, via our website, e-news, newsletter etc. This never include your contact details.

This is completely optional, you can change your mind at anytime and won't affect your application in any way.
We also take photographs and videos on our courses to share with our supporters and to advertise future courses and associated events. Please let us know on the day if you do not wish to be photographed.
14. Staying in Touch
Group(s)