sustainable food

FeedingManchester #4

Date: 
Fri, 06/25/2010
Workshop session at FeedingManchetser #4.

The 4th FeedingManchester took place on the glorious summer evening of  Friday the 25th June 2010 at Hulme Community Garden Centre. The evening combined a networking and social event with the opportunity to discuss how we collectively encourage other organisations to adopt our definition of Sustainable Food and prepare for a possible sustainable food manifesto for Greater Manchester.

Sustainable Urban Food Production

Kindling's Chris Walsh gave a presentation to several hundred Manchester School of Architecture students on the issue of sustainable food in Manchester in mid-November 2009. As part of the students’ first year project they are exploring urban food production and consumption and the talk raised the many and interlinked problems with our present unsustainable food system and offered some potential solutions.

New Smithfield Wholesale Market Report

Report into Manchester's New Smithfield Wholesale Fruit & Vegetable Market (NSM) and its’ role in the city’s food supply. The report aims to: • Illustrate how New Smithfield Market works, defining the roles of traders, agents, transporters etc. • Locate the source of fruit and vegetables sold on NSM, how they are transported to NSM and who they are sold to. • Identify good practice as well as potential and innovation of local growing. • Summarise the interest in and demand for locally produced fruit and vegetables. • Provide detailed information about how waste is managed at NSM.

Developing Sustainable Urban Food Systems

Kath Dalmeny, Policy Director of SUSTAIN gave a passionate talk on: Developing Sustainable Urban Food Systems at FeedingManchester #2 on Saturday 24th October 2009. Kath talked about the opportunities for communities to develop alternative methods to produce and trade sustainable food and also touched on how community projects can delivery numerous local and national policies.

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.

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.

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