Growing Livelihoods – supporting new commercial growers across the UK

Fri, 09/04/2015
Map of Growing Livelihoods projects from across the UK & Ireland
Kindling report from the Growing Livelihoods gathering where we met up with like-minded projects from all over the country

Growing Livelihoods – supporting new commercial growers across the UK

Kindling’s Director and co-founder Helen Woodcock recently went to Bristol to attend a Growing Livelihoods event that brought together projects from all over the UK and Ireland to discuss the challenges and solutions for supporting new entrants into commercial food growing. Read on for more from Helen.

Feeding Manchester's 18th Birthday party

Mon, 08/17/2015 to Fri, 09/04/2015
Join us for Feeding Manchester's 18th Birthday party on 4th September

After our very successful Feeding Manchester event entitled: Making Food Fair (where we explored the challenges of and solutions to food poverty) we have been carrying out an online survey to find out people’s thought’s on Feeding Manchester’s future.

Over the last few months we have been consulting all those people who have been attending our Feeding Manchester events over the last six years and we are ready to present our findings at Feeding Manchester #18.

Kindling's FarmStart initiative takes off UK-wide!

Tue, 07/21/2015
OrganicLea have just set up a FarmStart in London, will Wales, Stroud or Lancaster be next?

FarmStart goes national!

Earlier this summer people from all over the UK came to learn from Kindling how to set up incubator projects for supporting brand new organic growers, at our second ‘How to Set Up a FarmStart’ day. Having brought the idea over from North America, we're really excited to see it being adopted, adapted and set in motion in others parts of the UK.

Farming - why bother?

Tue, 07/21/2015
Corrina and pumpkin
A FarmStarter explains why a life in organic growing is worth the trouble

For me it's all about the soil and the environment. Organic food is so often discussed in the context of health benefits or taste, and these are important, but it's protecting our soils and stewardship of the land – principles which lie at the heart of organic farming – which matter most to me.

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Spring Commercial Growers Course

Fri, 07/10/2015

Twice a year, we run an intensive four day course for people who want to take their allotment or community food growing experience to the next level. Eight people with a wide variety of backgrounds took part in 2015's spring’s course, we’re catching up with two of them to see how it’s has helped them on their growing journey…

Suzanne Davis

Take a Team Challenge with the Land Army

Tue, 06/30/2015
Team Challenge
Get your hands dirty out on an organic farm this summer

It's now been four happy, muddy and very productive years over which our Land Army volunteers have been supporting and learning from Greater Manchester's organic farmers. And this summer is as busy as ever! Just a few weeks ago we ran two Team Challenge Days for University of Manchester employees, which were loved by the participants and hugely appreciated by the farmers. The teams helped to regenerate a pond area, cleared a mass of brambles and, at our new FarmStart site in Stockport, mapped out a herb area and started preparing an area of outdoor growing space.

FarmStart walk Sat 11th July

Fri, 06/19/2015
Simon and Emily FarmStart
Join us for a walk and see how we're building a new generation of organic growers for the North West!

In collaboration with the Princes Countryside Fund and Trafford Ramblers group, we’re organising a guided walk through the Cheshire countryside that will take in Abbey Leys organic farm and farm shop, plus our FarmStart site.


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