Land Army Progress

Mon, 04/11/2011 to Tue, 04/12/2011

On Monday 11th April Helen and Chloe visited Dunham Massey to meet with one of our organic growers, Chris Hewitt (pictured). Having discussed the Land Army project at FeedingManchester #6, the first stage of the project is now under-way, with 3 of our local growers having been interviewed and another two interviews to take place this week. The grower consultation will be the foundation for designing the Land Army pilot(s).

Act Local: Talk National

Mon, 03/28/2011

Our Helen has been to London for a meeting with Defra officials on food policy and community food enterprises. Defra (Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) is refreshing the previous Government's Food 2030 report. A mix of organisations with a strong track record of supporting community action on food and inspiring examples of on-the-ground activity from across the UK, were invited by Peter Couchman of The Plunkett Foundation, to put forward their ideas and opinions.

A Greener Kindling

Thu, 03/10/2011

We've just had our second visit from MERCi's Sustaining Change team as part of our ongoing commitment to minimise our environmental impact and increase the sustainability of Kindling.

Last year we began the audit process looking at our activities in eight areas: Food and Drink; Purchasing and Procurement; Energy and Water; Travel; Buildings and Local Neighbourhood; Inclusion and Participation; Partnership and Promotion; and Waste.

FeedingManchester #6

Wed, 03/16/2011

FeedingManchester #6 was held on Wednesday 16th March at the Yard Theatre in Hulme, with thirty-odd groups, individuals & businesses from across Greater Manchester.

Again, there was a great mix of attendees: from Manchester Museum to Bolton Wholefood Coop, from Manchester Slow Food group to Salford's St Sebastian Community Centre as well as regulars like Hulme Community Garden Centre, Unicorn Grocery and Food Futures.

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.


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