Autumn 2014 Commercial Horticulture Course

Mon, 09/15/2014
Horticulture Course at Glebelands City Growers
Want to be a commercial grower? Apply by 9am on Sep 25th!

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.

Top of the Class with Oldham’s primary schools!

Fri, 08/22/2014
Oldham gets Gold!
Manchester Veg People helps get Oldham the gold.

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.

Lending a hand at Growing with Grace

Tue, 08/05/2014
Growing with Grace farm shop
The Land Army 'work their socks off' at Lancashire community co-operative!

Last week the Land Army visited Growing with Grace in Clapham, near Lancaster. The 120 mile round trip was a bit longer than our usual Land Army missions to farms in Greater Manchester - and meant a very early start! - but this was a great opportunity for our volunteers to visit a long standing community co-operative farm dedicated to producing sustainably grown food.

Farmstarter Profile - Caroline

Fri, 08/01/2014
Caroline with her lettuces
"It’s hard to put into words the feeling of seeing my lettuces on the shelf at a local grocery"

Farmstarter Profile – Caroline Ward

Kindling’s Farmstart is the UK’s first and only incubator farm – creating a supported route into organic farming for brand new growers. Caroline describes why she signed up and what it’s meant for her.

Countryside Walk & Farm Visit

Tue, 07/29/2014
Princes Countryside Fund Walk
Kindling & Trafford Ramblers celebrated national countryside week on Saturday with a walk introducing local ramblers and residents to some of their nearby organic farms.

A sunny stroll through giant maize fields with a fantastic backdrop of Manchester shimmering in the distance took us to Kindling’s Farmstart site, the first stop on the walk, where the 25 visitors were impressed with the wide range of organic veg being grown by the brand new growers on the scheme.

Feeding Stockport is go!

Tue, 06/03/2014
Feeding Stockport Logo
Our Feeding Stockport Co-ordinator, Jemma gives us a flavour of what is going on in Stockport's food sector.

Feeding Stockport is now up and running and so we though we'd ask our Feeding Stockport Co-ordinator, Jemma to tell us what has been going on over the last three months:

I am now in my third month, how time has flown by. Every day I meet someone new and hear great things which are going on in and around Stockport. The support has been fantastic with many people wanting to see how their work can fit with Feeding Stockport and how we can work together to make our food system more sustainable, helping our communities in the process.

Gtr Mcr Food Strategy Launched!

Feeding Manchester #15
50 people came to FeedingManchester #15 & the launch of Gtr Mcr's Sustainable Food Strategy.

The Strategy is an ambitious document written with the support of over a hundred groups, small businesses and partners from the public sector at three previous FeedingManchester events and is intended to:

  • Inform & inspire. - we have taken great examples from across Greater Manchester.

  • Encourage us all to look at sustainable food in its entirety – from Fairtrade to animal welfare, from food poverty to health.

Serving up a sustainable public sector

We're seeking the right partners for an exciting new project
Thu, 04/17/2014
local and seasonal food
Want help to create a fresh, local, healthy menu at no extra cost?

The Kindling Trust and Manchester Veg People are looking for public sector partners to pilot an exciting package that will enable you to incorporate fresh local healthy produce into meals, at a price supporting local growers – but coming within the costs of the current menus.

We have been funded by the Ashden Trust to run pilots with three different organisations over the next year, so get in touch as soon as possible to let us know you want to be involved.

FeedingManchester #15

Fri, 03/21/2014 to Thu, 04/24/2014
Join us for food & drinks at our 15th Sustainable Food gathering, for all those involved in food projects and enterprises across Greater Manchester.

We've decided that FeedingManchester #15 should be a social/networking one - to reward all your hard work developing the Sustainable Food Charter & Action Plan at the last two Feeding Manchester events.


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