Oldham primary school children served us up with all manner of pumpkin treats last week as they competed to produce displays and a pumpkin recipe that will end up on the school’s Autumn menu. The winning school will be visiting local suppliers Moss Brook Growers, to see where their pumpkins come from.
We are steadily progressing with our long-term plans to establish a large farm, ‘Ecommodation’ and social change centre somewhere close to Manchester, and last month we carried out a survey to start gathering thoughts and ideas from friends, supporters and Manchester residents.
Making Food Fair - If you have booked for this event and have not received an email with directions, agenda etc please click here for full details.
Join us on Saturday 22nd November for Making Food Fair - an event exploring solutions to the many faces of food poverty.
Foodbanks are headline news, but our food system also perpetuates poverty in different and less obvious ways.
We’re now into our second year of producing our own ‘Kindling Trust’ crops, grown at our FarmStart incubator site. So we’ve teamed up with MVP to take our goods to market, on the first Sunday of the month in Heaton Moor.
On Sunday 7th September, The Kindling Trust and Manchester Veg People joined up with their first retail offer at Stockport’s Heaton Moor market. It was a beautiful sunny day and the local community welcomed the new addition of an organic primary producer to the market.
Kindling’s FarmStart is the UK’s first and only incubator farm – creating a supported route into organic farming for brand new growers. Lindsay describes why she got involved and how it’s working out for her.
"I've been growing since 2008, when I quit my job, and started visiting growing projects in Spain and Ireland. I studied Horticulture for two years in Ireland, and returned to my home-town Manchester 18 months later. I was looking for work as a grower in Manchester, and was aware of Kindling, so decided to give Farmstart a go.
Get lucky with our survey about food, farming & our plans to buy a farm.
Over the next 3 years The Kindling Trust aims to establish a large farm (and much more) near Manchester using pioneering sustainable farming techniques and supporting a range of innovative enterprises and campaigns for social and environmental justice.
We want to know what you think about food to help inform the development of the Kindling Farm and what exactly it should offer the residents of Greater Manchester and beyond.
On 21st August fourteen enthusiastic members of Manchester-based accountants Slade and Cooper joined us to work alongside FarmStart's new organic growers, in helping to increase sustainable food production for Greater Manchester.
The Land Army regularly hosts Team Challenge Days for businesses and organisations who are looking for a way to give something back to their local community.
If you've ever wondered about a career in farming, don't sit and ponder any longer (or even take it from us), come along for an evening with an experienced local organic grower, and a participant in the FarmStart programme, to find out if growing veg is a career you would be interested in.
We are serious about getting more people into commercial food growing, and we are looking to support people who are serious about doing it too!
This Autumn we will be running our fifth Commercial Organic Horticulture course - offering people an amazing training opportunity to learn how to set up an organic food growing business from the growers themselves.
Last term Oldham Council was awarded a prestigious ‘Gold Food for Life Catering Mark’ thanks to the high quality meals being served in schools across the borough.
The Education Catering Team is only the third local authority in the country to achieve this honour – and the first in the North-West.