Nearly 250 people crammed into Manchester Town Hall to ask: Can we balance food accessibility with sustainability? The evening began with Monty Don welcoming everyone followed by three passionate and inspiring speakers.
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.
Our Matt joined folk from around the country on the 22nd of January at the excellent 'GM - Gathering Momentum' event in London, a great combination of key note presentations by experts in the field and practical and involving action-based workshops.
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.
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:
Its that time of year again when Kindling connects with the struggle for international human rights by supporting Peace Brigades International: Guatemala. Twice a year Kindling makes a small contribution to this amazing organisation by hosting PBI Guatemala's training and selection process.
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.
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:
Manchester Carbon Coop has a bright year ahead with the end of 2010 seeing the project's momentum grow and a number of opportunities begin to materialise for the coming year.
Community Renewables Finance School.
Before Christmas the Carbon Co-op and Carbon Leapfrog ran a series of masterclass sessions, called the Community Renewables Finance School. These were practical how-to guides for people interested in low carbon projects that will transform their communities and environment.
Kindling has just heard that is was one of only six food projects from across England to secure support and a grant from the Local Food System programme.
The funder: Making Local Food Work were looking for: communities – both rural and urban - to develop resilient, co-operative activities to improve the longevity and reach of local food in their area.