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It's April 2020 and our four farmstarter's aren't half getting thrown in to their work at Woodbank Community Food Hub, where they will spend the year on a growing training programme, growing organic produce commercially. The pandemic has made us all realise the importance of local food, here's how your local growers are feeling right now in this uncertain world...

To our supporters and friends, writing this, we – like all of you of course - find ourselves in a very different situation to the one we imagined just a month or so ago. 

We are aware that we’ve taken longer than many to send out communications on our response to this crisis. We’ve been taking time to plan and re-organise, both for the immediate and longer term -believing that many of the changes we are experiencing in local food systems, may well continue.

Four growing enthusiasts with a whole range of growing experiences are coming together this year on the FarmStart programme to learn on the land at Woodbank park in Stockport. Here Helen, Michelle, Nicola and Georgina share their stories on how they got there, inspirations, and their biggest challenges.

The Kindling Newsletter 2020/21 compiles information over the past year about our projects, what we are looking forward to with the Kindling Farm, plus hearing from the many people who are involved in some of our projects that link together to form a local, sustainable food system for Greater Manchester. We hope you will enjoy reading it - download the PDF below. If you need it in a different format please contact us here.

Hello!, All Kindling wants for Christmas (apart from peace on Earth and real action on climate change) is the Kindling Farm. If that’s on your Christmas list too here’s how you can help us make it happen....check out our end of year 2019 e-news to find out how you can get involved!

Want to be a commercial organic grower? - We're recruiting now for our Spring 2020 Commercial Organic Growers course!

We are serious about getting more people into commercial food growing, and we are looking to support people who are serious about doing it too! Every year we run a 4-day Commercial Organic Horticulture Course - offering people an amazing training opportunity to learn how to set up an organic food growing business from the growers themselves. 

The application is out now for our 2020 FarmStart training programme.

Our 'Do you want to be a Farmer' information event on October 2nd was fully attended with lots of interesting questions and the application is now live. If you missed this and are interested in applying you can download the application below. There is further info on FarmStart and where to submit is included in the application and the deadline is midnight Sunday, November 17th.

It’s the exciting time of year when we invite all who are interested in our FarmStart training programme to our Do You Want to be an Organic Farmer? event.  We talk about the challenges and joys of farming and the FarmStart training programme format - which is a year of supported growing based in Stockport. There will also be time for a participant led conversation, with the opportunity to ask questions to Helen the FarmStart Co-ordinator, and a FarmStart’er who will have nearly finished their year.

The Kindling Trust are recruiting!

Community Food Hub Coordinator – based at Woodbank Food Hub, in Stockport


We are seeking a highly motivated and organised individual, with experience of project development and management, as well as community engagement, to work with the existing team at Woodbank on this innovative project.


When we began the community consultation process, which shaped the early development of Woodbank Community Food Hub, one of our priorities was to identify opportunities for partnership working with existing community groups and organisations working in Stockport. One of the first organisations we made contact with was Signpost Stockport for Carers, who are an independent charity providing free, confidential information and support to unwaged carers in Stockport. Eighteen months later, we are very proud to say that this relationship is still going strong.