We’re aware we haven’t written a Kindling Farm update for a while. It’s been a busy few months and, to be honest, a bit of a roller coaster ride since we last wrote.
As grafting season comes to a close, and all our newly grafted apple trees are planted out at our site in Glazebury, hear from Dan, one of the amazing agroforestry team members, about his journey into grafting and his ambitions to become the next best budder in town!
We have officially restarted our regular market stall at Woodbank Community Food Hub. For three weeks running now we have sold spinach, spring onions, leeks, dried rosemary, chutney, potted plants and more, all from the site itself (or made with produce from there). The veg is harvested in the morning by our wellbeing group, and is almost all gone by the end of the day. These stalls help us to raise funds for the food hub, so we can continue to grow organic veg and provide a space for people to socialise and learn valuable skills.
It’s been a busy few weeks at Woodbank Community Food Hub, with activity increasing as the season continues to roll on. There are still plenty of opportunities to get involved in too.
The day has finally come: we’ve launched our community shares campaign! From now until the 3rd July you can become a community investor in Kindling Farm. All you need to do to invest is head to ethex.org.uk/invest/kindling-farm.
It’s less than a month until we launch our Community Shares Campaign! Where did that time go…
We’re super busy at Kindling HQ getting ready for the launch of the campaign, but we’ve found some time outside of the mass of spreadsheets, emails and post-it notes to talk to you, our kind supporters - without you, there will be no Kindling Farm! So let us begin…
Meet the new cohort for this year’s FarmStart programme! We welcome Aoife and B to the team over at Woodbank. We’re extremely pleased they chose to learn with us and are really excited to see what plans they make for the gardens in the next couple of years. Here they explain to us a little more about the journey they came on to join us.
February is already upon us, and that means the beginning of our pioneering Heritage Fruit Tree Agroforestry Project! With new team members joining us, lots of activities and events already planned and in the diary, and lots of deliveries to Woodbank, we’re off to a flying start.
We are very happy to announce our Spring Commercial Organic Growing course for 2021. Our 4-day Commercial Organic Horticulture Course offers people an amazing training opportunity to learn how to set up an organic food growing business from the growers themselves.
We are looking for three people to join us as we embark on our most ambitious project yet. Over the next 15 months we will be establishing a pioneering heritage fruit tree nursery - the start of Kindling’s 100 acre+ agroforestry system - and much more! To do this we will be engaging and skilling up 3,000 people to graft, bud and plant 12,000 heritage fruit trees for the region.