Victory for Land Army

Thu, 12/09/2010

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.

2011 Calendar ready

Wed, 12/08/2010

Forgotten Fields has just completed the second of its 2011 food heritage calendars. Five hundred calendars are being distributed to residents of Ashton-under-Lyne, highlighting the amazing heritage of Ashton Moss in feeding the City.

The new calendar is a 'work of art', created with the help of pupils from Aldwyn Primary School, and we've had great feedback from the community about the project itself.

Two such comments (see below) are typical of the value local residents place on the opportunity to explore an area's food heritage:

Growing Co-operatively

Wed, 11/24/2010

A partnership of regional fruit & vegetable growers and some of Manchester's greenest retailers have recently secured a £20,000 grant to work more closely together. Kindling has helped secure funds from Making Local Food Work to establish a possible co-operative to co-ordinate what organic crops are grown; share expertise and equipment; increase marketing, co-ordinate distribution and find new outlets for the sustainable fresh produce.

Save Chat Moss!

Thu, 11/11/2010

The Kindling Trust , free lance journalist Simon Birch and Lancashire Wildlife Trust met up in mid-November at Chat Moss, in Irlam to look at the ongoing challenge that faces the area, namely large scale peat extraction, competing with wildlife habitat restoration and the need to reduce our carbon emissions.

We had a fascinating few hours, discussing the future options for the Moss and touring the area; seeing the devastation peat extraction causes; the continuing decline of farming; and the hard work of conservationists in protecting pockets of the Moss.

Land Army Battle Plan

Thu, 11/18/2010

Kindling's Chris and Debbie Clarke from Abundance Manchester have just returned from a leadership course in historic Stirling run by BTCV Scotland. The course, over three days, covered leadership techniques; well being and health & safety of volunteers; motivation and assertiveness, as well as more practical things like risk assessment and manual handling skills.

East-West Exchange

Mon, 11/01/2010

Some of Manchester's leading sustainable food projects visited Newcastle Upon Tyne recently to see how the country's most sustainable city was improving access to sustainable food.

The Kindling Trust in partnership with The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (The Fed) took individuals from Food Futures, Glebelands City Growers, Unicorn Grocery, Hulme Community Garden Centre and HERBIE to three of Newcastle's leading food projects and attended Tyneside's Grow, Cook, Eat conferenc

Sustainable Food Film

Sat, 09/25/2010

Filming has begun on a short ten-minute film introducing FeedingManchester's definition of sustainable food. The video aims to clearly and succinctly introduce the eight elements of our collective definition and showcase a number of pioneering projects in the city delivering food that is low-carbon, healthy, fair-trade and humane.


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