"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.
The march will end at the Bargehouse where the international ‘We Feed the World’ exhibition is running. The exhibition is a global photography initiative of over 300 images capturing the triumphs and tribulations of 50 farming communities across six continents, including stories of UK based farmers, seed growers and members of the Landworkers' Alliance.
The Ecological Land Cooperative opens smallholder applications for their East Sussex site continuing the work of generating ecological farming opportunities and rural enterprise.
The Ecological Land Cooperative (ELC) has been granted temporary planning permission by Wealdon District Council to create three affordable smallholdings for new entrant farmers in Arlington, East Sussex and have announced the application process.
The University of Manchester will be welcoming 8,000 new students this September with a unique free gift of a night in, to veg out with new found friends. In partnership with Veg Box People each student flat will be challenged with cooking up and sharing a delicious meal together as a team, whilst savouring the best local organic veg the region has to offer.
An additional 2 million tonnes of fruit and veg is required to feed the UK’s growing population, yet less than 1% of the UK’s agricultural area is used for producing it. With the right support and resources we could seize this as an opportunity to boost the local food and farming sector in the UK. In Greater Manchester the Kindling Trust is working to do just that, making fresh organic veg available to communities, and encouraging new people into growing as a viable career option.
Our weekly community gardening sessions are going from strength to strength and, despite the long wait for the arrival of Spring, the community growers are doing an amazing job at getting the space ready for the flurry of sowing and planting that lies just around the corner. Rita and Janice have become friends since meeting during the community gardening sessions.
Land Army Profile - Martha Hamilton
The 2018/19 issue is downloadable using the link below.
A date for your diaries: It’s that time of year for the Kindling Trust’s Countryside Walk, where you can visit our FarmStart Cheshire site en-route. The walk will begin promptly at 11am on Sunday 5th August, at Abbey Leys Organic Farm (near Lymm). Happily, it also coincides with Abbey Leys monthly Farmers Market (10am-1pm) - so do arrive early for a browse! There is plenty of car parking at the farm, plus toilets and a farm shop.