heritage

A History of Feeding Manchester

This chronological narrative of how Greater Manchester has been fed through the ages, looks at each decade from 1750 to the present day: looking at how a changing Manchester was fed, we can see our changing relationship with the countryside. How the ‘urban’ has come to dominate the ‘rural’ to make the most of market opportunities. A detachment from and disregard for the pastoral, and a reverence for the metropolis.

2009 Food Heritage Calendar

A 2009 calendar produced by the pupils of St. Margaret's Primary School as part of a local food history project where Kindling worked with staff, pupils and local residents to explore the heritage of food growing, cooking and selling in Whalley Range, South Manchester. Topics explored include the turning of 'The Moss' (bog) into fields and roads; Villa kitchen gardens; Digging for Victory during World War Two; the history of allotments, bee-keeping and orchards in the area as well as the cultural influences of Caribbean, Pakistani, Sikh, Polish, Somali and Arabic communities.

Forgotten Fields

Pupils from St. Margaret's Primary School learning about local food heritage.

Forgotten Fields focuses on the heritage of food production and availability in Manchester from 1750’s to present day.

 This project grew from Kindling's work with local growers and those wanting to set up their own food businesses, recognising the need to capture the first-hand memories and experience of market gardeners and traders. We hope to research and record the knowledge that helped sustain Manchester in the past....whilst we can!

The Time is Ripe

The Time is Ripe seasonal food calendar.

On February the 14th, 2009 we launched our pocket-sized seasonal food calendar "The Time is Ripe", produced with the support of the Local Food Fund. The guide and accompanying website aimed to make the process of shopping for locally produced, seasonal fruit and vegetables easier. Alongside the seasonal food calendar are details of where to buy local, seasonal veg in Manchester, as well as tips on selection and storage. The calendar is distributed via a number of outlets such as local grocers and community groups.

Forgotten Fields Secures Support

Date: 
Thu, 03/25/2010
Forgotten Fields session at a local allotment.

Kindling has secured Heritage Lottery support of around £40,000 to support its food heritage project: Forgotten Fields.

The project focuses on the heritage of food production and availability in Manchester from 1750’s to present day. It concentrates on six communities from across Greater Manchester that have expressed a need to explore a particular food heritage.

Apple Grafting Workshops

Date: 
Sat, 03/13/2010 to Sun, 03/14/2010
Apple Grafting Workshop Poster.

Kindling in partnership with Abundance Manchester and OTAGS are running two day-long workshops in March 2010 to introduce gardeners to the art of apple grafting (cutting & combining a shoot of one tree to the rootstock of another and binding them together until they grow into each other).

Seed Saving Workshops

Date: 
Sun, 10/26/2008
The seed saving workshop poster.
We were very pleased to host Vicki Cooke, Seed Officer at the Heritage Seed Library, for seed saving workshops at allotment sites in both Levenshulme and Old Trafford.

We were very pleased to host Vicki Cooke, Seed Officer at the Heritage Seed Library, for seed saving workshops at allotment sites in both Levenshulme and Old Trafford.

The two workshops involved over twenty allotment holders and introduced the benefits of saving seeds from your successful plants, the basics of pollination and how different plants are pollinated in different ways and finally how to harvest suitable seeds.

For further information visit the seed saving gallery.

Manchester in Particular Poster

This poster is an A to Z guide to Manchester’s unique political, cultural, ecological & economic landscape and was launched in late 2009. From icons to unsung heroes, the poster highlights what’s unique about our great city. Facts and figures, a few things we’ve lost in recent years, some of our troubles, and a bit of pertinent history. Mostly it’s about the individuals and projects battling to preserve the best of the past and make the best of now to ensure a sustainable and just future for all Mancunians.
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