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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.

Farmers Markets: a case study of local food supply in Greater Manchester

This brief study was undertaken by Kindling in the summer of 2008 to explore a range of questions relating to food production, supply and distribution in Greater Manchester. This snapshot of three Greater Manchester Farmers' Markets took place to examine where food producers were coming from and to begin to explore traders' experiences of the markets studied.

The Carbon Co-operative

First meeting of the Moss Side Carbon Co-operative.

The Carbon Co-op began as an URBED Co-op initiative, managed by Jonathan Atkinson of Low Winter Sun, aimed at setting up bulk buying co-operatives to help make low carbon technologies more affordable and simpler for people to buy: Clubbing together as streets and communities people will be able to buy energy saving goods at a discount, everything from energy monitors to solar panels, helping them save money on energy bills and do their bit for the environment.

Sustaining Change

Colouring pencils - representing the many topics within Sustaining Change.

MERCi's Sustaining Change programme - this much needed project is working with the community and voluntary sector across Greater Manchester, encouraging and supporting organisations to become more sustainable. Sustaining Change aims to address three inter-locking areas: environmental, social and economic, through eight themes -

Food and Drink; Purchasing and Procurement; Energy and Water; Travel; Buildings and Local Neighbourhood; Inclusion and Participation; Partnership and Promotion; and Waste.

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!

Sustainable Production

FarmStart and Land Army

Kindling's long term vision is to create a rural base within 50 miles of Manchester which will include a farm, Eco-housing, a Social Enterprise Hub and a Centre for Social Change. There, building on our existing projects, we aim to create models for:

Sustainable Production, Sustainable Living and Social change 

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.

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