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

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

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

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

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

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.

Veg Box People recruiting after increasing demand for local veg

Mon, 12/03/2018
Would you like to join Veg Box People? The workers co-operative changing the way Manchester buys food.
Veg Box People are looking for an addition to our small team, someone who shares our passion to create a better food system to help us consolidate and continue to develop our quickly growing business.

Woodbank Community Food Hub looks to recruit Community Engagement Co-ordinator

Thu, 11/15/2018
Are you the person to help the Woodbank Community Food Hub thrive?

We are seeking a highly motivated and driven individual, with experience of community engagement and project development, to work with the existing team at Woodbank, on this innovative and ambitious project.

Chef's Rise to the Challenge for Glasgow's Community Food Network

Sun, 11/11/2018
Local Chef’s invited from across Glasgow to have a 'Masterchef' style cook off, supplied with locally sourced vegetables from market gardens and community growing spaces

Glasgow Community Food Network's campaign 'Veg Cities' has enjoyed a successful few weeks!

The 10th October saw the final of the first ever Chef's Challenge, which took place at Glasgow City College and was judged by Scotland's National Chef Gary MacLean, Food Journalist Cate Devine, and Jan MacDonald – Chair of Glasgow Allotments Forum.

Food Hub with focus on Community, Good Health & Sustainable Food receives 5 years funding grant

Thu, 11/01/2018
The local community standing around a Thank You sign made out of vegetables

On a beautiful, sunny, Autumnal Saturday morning, over 200 local residents, local councillors, senior council officers and funders came together to celebrate the launch of Stockport's Community Food Hub.

Funding from Reaching Communities, Postcode Local Trust (supported by players and Awards for All) totalling just under £1/2 million, will support the development of this sustainable food and community hub for the next five years.

'Pathways to Farming' - Increasing the number of horticultural food producers in North Powys

Thu, 10/11/2018
Pathways to farming team with Helen and Dan from Farmstart in a polytunnel in Stockport
Mid Wales organisation puts 'food at the heart of the community' through Pathways to Farming project

"Pathways to Farming is a new project of Mid-Wales based organisation Mach Maethlon, funded by LEADER Arwain. The project aims to support new horticultural producers by offering training, access to land and routes to new markets. The project launched in July 2018, so we wanted to visit some similar projects to learn from others and make connections.


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