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 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.
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.
Stockport entered a new era on Friday 27th June with nearly eighty people joining Stockport Council, Stockport Homes and The Kindling Trust for the formal launch of a major initiative to make the borough one of Britain's first sustainable food cities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Kindling Trust's mission to make Greater Manchester a more sustainable food growing region is liiterally bearing fruit - or it will be soon.
On Sunday March 9th, around 20 people took part in our latest apple tree grafting course. Armed with Stanley knives, vaseline and the judicious use of sticky tape, they learned how to cut and combine a shoot of one tree to the rootstock of another and binding them together until they grow into each other. As well as teaching people the rewarding new skill, by the end of the day no fewer than 200 new trees had been created.
Local food is popular on menus across Greater Manchester. Many local people would love to know how to make a career as a grower.
Already a rising number of young (and not so young) people in and around Greater Manchester are opting for more physical life away from a computer and a desk, a chance to get their hands dirty and supply restaurants, pubs and schools across Greater Manchester with good, healthy, fresh food.