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As part of my Australian tour I will be joining the Trentham Food Hub on Saturday 30th November at the RedBeard Historic Bakery.

Trentham Food Hub has a  vision to create a vibrant network of informed, passionate and creative people working together within the community to expand the capacity of our local food and fibre industry.

I'll be talking about the UK Social Enterprise sector and my experiences with local food and waste projects around Manchester.

Home sweet home - and enormous thank yous all round!

So here I am back in Manchester. See photo of me on the big boat home (as promised for Lupe and Mateo), where I got too excited about being in the middle of the sea to write up the summary of the whole trip, and instead spent a whole day on deck talking for hours and hours about it (and my whole life!), which was a really lovely ending to my journey. This has been an amazing trip for me. I have learnt loads from some truely inspirational people, who are showing that it is possible to make the changes that we want to make here in the Northwest.

Last stop: Ekolapiko - organic food, happy kids and famous singing clowns!

So I spent my last day at Biolur and the project  Ekolapiko - set up to introduce organic food and healthy eating into schools. Sabrina & Iosune chatted to me about the project's challenges and successes - including famous Basque clowns releasing a song about it! (how great is that?!).

Amayuelas - defending the right to produce food.

Amayuelas, begins Meliton (addressing a group who have hired the hostel for a few days training), is a village. It's not a commune or a hippy project, it's a place where some people run small rural enterprises and are also friends, other people are neighbours, and other people don't talk to each other at all – just like any other village!

Hello! and little mini update

I'm not quite sure how this works, so I thought I should let you know that I have just added a bit to the Sunseed entry (incase you've read what I put there a while back and miss the rest of the exciting write up because you don't know to look!). So here I am in Amayuelas de Abajo, a village near Palencia (hours and hours and a fair bit chillier from where I was last).

Food systems revolution in the Basque Country!

Mikel is the president of EHNE Bizkiai (Basque country) and a farmer. I heard him speak at the FACPE jornadas outside Granada, but I decided to give him his own blog slot, partly because the FACPE entry is already very long and partly because it was a really practical solution type example - and is it's own story (or two). I also feel that his view point on the co-ops and SPG certification etc., as tools for social and political change, is very akin to our view at Kindling.

Sunseed: developing, demonstrating and communicating sustainable living.

So how to tell you everything I have learnt in the last five days at Sunseed without rambling on for pages and pages? I'll give it a go! Sunseed was set up 25 years ago as a place to research, develop and demonstrate low-tech low cost technology to try and combat desertification. It has developed over the years to become more focused on educating people here in Europe about sustainable living in general (through demonstrating sustainable production and consumption of food, energy, water and, well, everything really).

Co-operating co-ops - a weekend of jornadas in Andalucia

So on the 23/24th Oct I got to go to an event (Jornadas) organised by FACPE (the Andalucian Federation of Consumers and Organic Producers), for consumers and producers co-ops in the region. Over hearing conversations while we waited for the start, about the price of potatoes and how to get commitment from buyers made me feel at home and like I'd come to practical and producer led event and I wasn't disappointed. It was an inspirational weekend involving a range of co-op models, scarey facts mixed with viable and radical initiatives, and great food and company.

So a fair few exciting days (and white hairs!) later....

Just a quicky before I write up the last two visits in order, to say I've had an amazing 10 days. I've learnt loads - from practical skills to lessons about working/living in community. I've met a great bunch of people doing many different things, talked loads about Kindling (our support network is growing by the day!), and challenged myself with all sorts. I'm not sure what has given me more white hairs, my very close encounter with a whole bunch of wild boar or singing my Dad's mushroom song at the 25 year celebration!

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