Business not as usual

Mon, 02/07/2011

Kindling has benefited from MMU Business School students over the last few months, exploring the potential for supplying more organic food to Manchester.

Over £60 million is spent in Greater Manchester each year on organic food and other products. The group of six final year students looked at opportunities for local growers and producers to sell more of their produce, via restaurants, higher education establishments and directly to customers via box schemes.

Souper Service

Wed, 02/09/2011

Manchester Fayre staff did Manchester and our neighbouring countryside proud on Wednesday 9th February when they served 400 portions of local seasonal organic soup at the Soil Association's annual conference.

The 'super winter veg soup' was made from cabbages, potatoes, onions, leeks, carrots and parsnips all grown within 30-odd miles of Manchester.

Our closest grower was Dunham Massey Organics just nine miles away with many of the ingredients coming from the fertile fields of Ormskirk - 30 miles away.

What's in a Name?

Mon, 02/07/2011

Greater Manchester's very own collective of organic growers and buyers met yesterday (7th February 2011) to discuss the name and branding of the fledgling group. Six possible names have emerged which will soon be whittled down to the final choice.  Watch this space and hear it first!

Growers like Gleblands City Growers and Moss Brooke Organic Growers; farmers like Tom Rigby as well as buyers: Unicorn Grocery and DIG Food took part in the half-day session at Red House Farm near Dunham Massey.

Fuelling Manchester #4

Thu, 02/17/2011

Its a year since our first Fuelling Manchester social and the 17th February (2011) will see the fourth in this series of gatherings for all those of us involved in community renewable projects, be that: water turbine co-operatives; bio-mass and woodland management enterprises; waste-to-energy projects, solar energy collectives or those involved in community-focused action on insulation and energy efficiency.

Tweeting About It

Fri, 01/21/2011

Its been a busy start to 2011, with one of the things we are determined to improve about Kindling this year is our profile and the way we communicate our work and progress. We believe we made huge progress in 2010, but didn't really keep people informed of all the exciting things we were doing.

Therefore this year we are going to focus on three main ways to improve communication:

Appeal for Support

Tue, 02/08/2011

Kindling is looking for our first hundred supporters to help us turn our vision into a reality with a small monthly donation. Any money raised will help support this establishment stage of Kindling, a period that isn't hugely exciting to grant-funders - but is crucial to getting the project off the ground.

FeedingManc Website

Thu, 01/06/2011

Development of the FeedingManchester website is progressing well with a draft of the initial logo and website design sent out for comment.

Matt has been busy over the last few months building the database and website, whilst designers 'Circle Interactive' are developing a brand which reflects the ethos of FeedingManchester.

The screen-grab opposite is the initial design and we've received many helpful suggestions and comments. Feed back and comments so far include:


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