A good day's grafting.

Kindling's latest apple-grafting training day
Thu, 03/13/2014
On Sunday March 9th, around 20 people took part in our latest apple tree grafting course.

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. 

Want to be a farmer? Let us teach you how

Organic growers course begins March 2014
Tue, 02/18/2014
Courgette flower
Deadline for our commercial horticulture course is Monday 10th March at 5pm.

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.

Funding boost for FarmStart.

Thu, 01/30/2014
 FarmStart Land Army
Kindling celebrates a £50,000 award from The Prince's Countryside Fund.

The campaign to create a more sustainable and fair food system in the North West has taken a big step forward thanks to a funding award from the Prince's Countryside Trust.

An award of £50,000 to the Kindling Trust will support the development of FarmStart Manchester, the UK's only organic incubator farm.

Making Stockport a beacon of food sustainability

Fri, 11/15/2013
Stockport Market on Foodie Day
Kindling helps win Sustainable Food Cities funding for Stockport.

The Kindling Trust is delighted to announce that our bid to make Stockport part of the UK-wide Sustainable Food Cities Network has been successful.  Stockport is one of only six places across the country to be selected for the project and will receive a share of the £1m funding. The funding will allow Kindling to employ a full time project worker who will work closely with the community and the council to revolutionise the chain of local food production, distribution and consumption. 

Join the Castlefield Spud Spectacular

Forgotten Fields Potato Wharf
Thu, 10/10/2013
Help share Manchester's forgotten history

Manchester’s Victorian history will come alive next Saturday (26th) as a shipment of spuds is unloaded in the traditional style from a canal boat at Potato Wharf, Castlefield.

The event is the centrepiece of a morning of free family-friendly activities, guided walks, information, costume and colour, organised by Forgotten Fields, a project of the Manchester-based Kindling Trust and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.   

The BBC joins the Land Army.

Mon, 09/30/2013
FarmStart & Abbey Leys farm hosted a group of Land Army volunteers with a difference.

FarmStart and Abbey Leys farm this week hosted a group of Land Army volunteers with a difference. Our 11 volunteers were all BBC staff keen to get their hands dirty while learning more about organic farming and spending time working together outside the office.

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Why not become an Organic Farmer?

Thu, 09/05/2013 to Sun, 09/29/2013
commercial horticulture course
Join us for this unique 4-day Commercial Horticulture Course in October/Nov 2013.

Make the most of an amazing training opportunity to learn how to set up an organic food growing business from the growers themselves, this Autumn.

We are in the unusual position in Greater Manchester, of having a market for local organic produce that aims to pay the cost of production, not the volatile market prices! But we need more crops, and therefore more organic commercial growers local to Greater Manchester.

No Dig Gardening.

Sat, 08/24/2013 to Sun, 09/29/2013
Charles Dowding
Gardener & author Charles Dowding is speaking in Manchester about No Dig Growing

Join us on Sunday 29th September to learn about  No Dig Growing with gardener & author Charles Dowding.

Doors open at 5pm with refreshments for 5.30 start.

Places are limited so please book a place as soon as possible.

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FeedingManchester #13

Sat, 08/24/2013
Introductions at FeedingManchester 13.
Visioning Gtr Manchester as a Sustainable Food City.

Feeding Manchester #13 took place last Saturday,13 July at Bridge 5 Mill in Manchester. It was a beautiful, sunny summer day. Despite this, over 50 dedicated members of Greater Manchester's sustainable food network, representing over 30 different organisations, spent their day indoors engaged in discussions, workshops and presentations focusing on how we can make Greater Manchester a Sustainable Food City.

Vital Veg Victory!

Thu, 07/25/2013
Manchester Veg People raise £16,000 from 300 wonderful CrowdFunders.

Manchester Veg People are jubilant as their Crowdfunding campaign to 'Get the Manchester Food Revolution moving’ exceeds it £16,000 target! This very modern form of fund-raising utilised a huge twitter campaign; mobilised weblogger and celebrity chefs to help spread the word over six weeks. The result: over 300 people from across the UK made pledges from £5 up to a thousand pounds.

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The Kindling Trust is a not for profit social enterprise with charitable aims (Company number: 6136029).
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