Helping Establish a New Urban Agriculture Hub for Stockport

Fri, 04/24/2015
Kindling’s helping develop a blend of community and commercial growing – including a 2nd FarmStart site!

Kindling is helping develop a new urban growing hub in Stockport, bringing together inclusive community gardening with commercial organic food production. It’s an innovative partnership that has huge potential, both for local community development and for the rejuvenation of a local food system for Greater Manchester. It’s also providing Kindling with a brand new, second FarmStart site!

MVP co-op are recruiting!

Tue, 04/21/2015
MVP members
Kindling partner Manchester Veg People are looking for two new co-op workers. Closing date 31st May 2015

Kindling is a founding member and long-time partner of Manchester Veg People, a unique co-operative of local organic growers and food businesses. They are recruiting for two new co-op workers to work with them at this exciting stage of their development. Read on for the job details.....

Manchester Veg People are recruiting!

Our aim is to bring growers and buyers together to get as much fresh, seasonal food of the highest possible quality from our local fields onto plates across Greater Manchester.

How to Set up a FarmStart

Fri, 04/17/2015
FarmStart Manchester
We can help you grow new growers in your region! 30th May - book now

We’ve had loads of interest from other groups around the UK in our FarmStart initiative, so we’re holding a day on 30th May to pass on everything we know about setting up and running a farm business incubator! It’s open to farmers and non-farmers alike who are interested in setting up a similar programme in their region.

FarmStart Abbey Leys is the UK’s first such initiative, based on inspiring and successful models in Canada and the US, and aims to make the route into organic farming easier.

Farming the Next Generation

Wed, 03/18/2015
The Greenhorns
The Greenhorns and America’s new agrarian spirit, Wed 22nd April
6.30pm, Britons Protection, Manchester City Centre. £3.00 incl. hot soup and fresh bread from Unicorn Grocery. Please book in advance!
Join us as we welcome the director of acclaimed documentary The Greenhorns to explore America’s new farmers’ movement and what we can learn from it. 

TestCroppers' News

Wed, 03/18/2015
2015 TestCroppers
Brand new TestCropper Steph tells us how it's going down on the farm

FarmStart Abbey Leys is a one-of-a-kind initiative, offering a low-risk environment in which new organic growers can develop and test their growing skills, business plans and marketing strategies, plus access a training programme, certified organic land, packing and tool storage facilities, and peer support. It’s based at Abbey Leys organic farm, near Knutsford in Cheshire.

Feeding Stockport - feeding a city the sustainable way

Mon, 12/22/2014
Feeding Stockport Christmas Newletter
A roundup of Feeding Stockport's first year

Stockport is part of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, and through Feeding Stockport, was one of only 6 cities/regions in the UK chosen to receive funding through the programme.

Below is a roundup of some of the projects Feeding Stockport was involved with in 2014, its first year. 

Growing Livelihoods: FarmStart 2015

Wed, 02/04/2015
New faces, new ideas and LOADS of potential!

As we embark on our third year of FarmStart-ing, things are looking pretty exciting. We’ve got a brand new co-ordinator in the form of experienced organic grower Alex Firman; four new TestCroppers; and some major improvements to the programme that’ll not only benefit our FarmStarters but also the other projects nationally that are supporting new farmers and growers.


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