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Visit your surprisingly local farm on Open Farm Sunday (9th June)

Date: 
Fri, 04/19/2019
On Sunday 9th June, hundreds of farms will be opening to the public so they can get closer to farming and see for themselves where their food comes from, how it is produced and learn more about farming and the fabulous job it does.

On Sunday 9th June, hundreds of farms will be opening to the public so they can get closer to farming and see for themselves where their food comes from, how it is produced and learn more about farming and the fabulous job it does. Tucked away, in an unexpected corner of Stockport, Woodbank Community Food Hub provides a taster of what a better food and farming future looks like.

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In homage to and celebration of the life of Martin Wolfe

Date: 
Fri, 03/29/2019
Martin Wolfe
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of the incredible Martin Wolfe, pioneer and father of agroforestry in the UK

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of the incredible Martin Wolfe, pioneer and father of agroforestry in the UK, who died earlier this month at his home in Wakelyns Farm.

Do you have a taste for being a food hub's new cooking session leader?

Date: 
Thu, 03/28/2019
Cookery Session Leader recruitment at Woodbank Community Food Hub
Woodbank Community Food Hub in Stockport is looking for an exceptional person to deliver cookery sessions

We are seeking a highly motivated and driven individual, with experience of developing and delivering community cookery sessions, to join our social prescribing team at Woodbank Community Food Hub. The role also involves working with our growers to develop seasonal recipes, find ways to use any produce gluts etc, as well as supporting the development of the Veg Box People veg bag scheme and other related work.

Change the food system for the better, work with us at our veg scheme co-operative

Date: 
Thu, 03/28/2019
Come and work with Veg Box People
Access to sustainable, organic veg has never been more important. Make a difference with us by joining our team!

Veg Box People and Manchester Veg People are two co-operative organisations that work closely together to deliver a model of a more sustainable and fairer food system for Greater Manchester.

Meet the 2019 FarmStarters

Date: 
Fri, 02/22/2019
A photo of Andrew, Nick and Nick, the 2019 FarmStarters
Four people will be supplying the local veg box scheme and veg for local caterers as part of the FarmStart commercial food growing training programme

January is a particularly exciting time of year for us as we welcome a new influx of people on the FarmStart growing training programme hosted at Woodbank Community Food Hub. This year we have a number of people looking to follow on from the growers of years past, expanding the growing area and supplying Manchester Veg People as well as the quickly growing Veg Box People. Andrew (left), Nick C (centre), Nick G (right) and our fourth FarmStarter answer some questions to get to know them better...

 

 

 

'The Kindling Trust brings food and farming closer to the people who consume it' - Abi

Date: 
Fri, 02/22/2019
Abi is on John Lewis Partnership secondment to support progression towards the Kindling Community Farm

"I saw something pop up on Facebook early last year and signed up to volunteer with the Land Army at Woodbank. It was a number of months before I was able to attend my first one but once I did I was hooked. I volunteered with the Land Army almost every other weekend and sometimes during the week after that. After talking to Chris and Helen about the future plans for the community farm I knew I wanted to be more involved and felt that I had something to offer to support the development of that plan.

From rewilding to incubator farms at 10th anniversary Oxford Real Farming Conference 2019

Date: 
Tue, 01/22/2019
1000+ farmers, scientists campaigners and anyone serious about food, taking over Oxford town hall to 'talk seriously about food and farming' - ORFC 2019

Among national chaos and frustration, 2019 actually started for us in celebration, of the 10th Anniversary of the Oxford Real Farming Conference. Over 10 years ORFC has grown from 3 pioneers in a café wanting to bring people together to ‘talk seriously about food and farming’ to 1000 farmers, scientists campaigners and anyone serious about food, taking over Oxford town hall and surrounding buildings! Chris and Helen had the honour of attending this seminal food and farming conference (their 7th) in early January.

2018 at Woodbank Community Food Hub - Where plants (and friendships) grow

Date: 
Fri, 12/14/2018
Corrina reflects on a year spent opening up the site to local friendly faces, getting involved in all sorts of activities from growing, to cooking and singing.

We spoke to Corrina Low who is involved in the community engagement on site (at Woodbank Community Food Hub): supporting volunteers, community groups, community gardeners and social prescribing projects over the year. 

How has the community gardening group developed over the past year?

There are lots more people attending, the groups we have in are coming every week, whereas to begin with it was only a few people sporadically.

2018 at Woodbank Community Food Hub - FarmStart

Date: 
Fri, 12/14/2018
Helen talks about their year running the FarmStart programme, with the ups and downs at the growing site in Stockport.

First up, we spoke to Helen Dodd who is involved in the commercial growing on site (at Woodbank Community Food Hub) in her role as FarmStart Co-ordinator...

 

How has the weather affected growing this season?

The New Organic Grower

Date: 
Wed, 12/05/2018
Author of the book cited as kicking off the Organic Farming Revolution, is coming to Manchester on January 8th (get your tickets now!).

Author of the book cited as kicking off the Organic Farming Revolution, is coming to Manchester on January 8th (get your tickets now!).

We are excited and honoured to be welcoming Eliot Coleman to Manchester on Tuesday the 8th of January, to share his wisdom from the last 30 years since he wrote his original and ground breaking books.

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