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.
While many of you know Kindling through our Greater Manchester projects, you may not yet know about our aim to establish the Kindling Farm, Social Enterprise Hub, and Centre for Social Change (see Our Vision).
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.
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.
Make the most of an amazing training opportunity this Spring. Learn how to set up an organic food growing business from the growers themselves.
There is no better way to start your farming year than at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. The event, held in the first week of this month, consisted of two inspiring and energising days of socialising and hearing from all sorts of speakers involved in the UK’s new agricultural renaissance.
The Oxford Real Farming Conference coincided with the famous Oxford Farming Conference and aimed to counterbalance the latter’s free market ethos and ‘sustainable intensification’ agenda.
At the end of last month, Kindling organised Making Food Fair, a one day conference exploring food poverty and fairness in the food system overall. Kindling volunteer Becky Mallows gives her views on the day.
By Autumn 2014 course participant Jennie Savage
"Informative and inspirational, we'd highly recommend it to others looking to develop their understanding of commercial growing”.