FeedingManchester 5

Wed, 10/20/2010

We held the 5th FeedingManchester on Wednesday 20th October at MERCi's Bridge-5 Mill, with twenty five groups from across Greater Manchester meeting up for this uniquely regular opportunity to network, share and plan a sustainable food system for the city.

The agenda covered many issues throughout the day and included:

1. Updating each other with our news and progress since the last FeedingManchester in June (2010).

Handy Pollination Tips

Sun, 08/22/2010

A new gallery on how to hand-pollinate courgettes has been created. So if you have a variety of courgette you are particularly fond of , why not harvest the seeds for planting next season?

You can't just take the seeds from any mature courgette because there is not telling what its cross-pollinated with and you may get a surprise when the new courgettes begin to grow. However, if you intervene early enough you can ensure a pure variety by hand-pollinating the female courgette flowers.

Sustainable Food Map

Tue, 08/10/2010
Food Directory screengrab

A Sustainable Food Directory for Greater Manchester is taking shape after Kindling made its fledgling database of sustainable food projects available on-line. With over a hundred and fifty independent businesses, voluntary organisations and community groups listed into categories like primary producers (e.g. growers), secondary producers like bakers; retailers, community projects and support services, the directory can be searched by name, type and location. Additionally, a map allows for easy searching.

Heyes Memory Lane

Thu, 07/22/2010
Mary Eastwood with pupils from Heyes Lane School.

Timperley was once a well known market gardening area, from the late 1800's, supplying the city of Manchester with fresh fruit and vegetables such as strawberries, cos lettuce, tomatoes cucumbers from glasshouses and and in particular, the locally discovered variety, 'Timperley Early' rhubarb. Indeed, Heyes Lane School, who Forgotten Fields has been working with, is built on land bought by compulsory purchase from Harry Marsland who was one of the first nurserymen to grow Timperley Early.

More Sustainable Food

Wed, 07/14/2010
Photo of St Thomas Centre in Ardwick

Greater Manchester Council of Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO) are taking part in MERCi's Sustaining Change audit and programme. As one of the programmes trail blazer organisations they will support other voluntary and community groups to become more sustainable, showing what's possible and how to overcome obstacles they have faced. Kindling is supporting GMCVO in looking at changes they can make in relation to food.

Sustainable Super Soup

Wed, 06/30/2010
Display showing the location of growers providing produce for the soup.

Kindling will be promoting a new range of organic, local and seasonal soups at Brookburn Primary School's Summer Fete on Saturday 3rd July (2010).

The soups are made of organic and local vegetables grown at Glebelands Organic Growers (just three miles away); Moss Brook Growers; Dunham Massey Organics and the Rigby's organic farm in Warrington. All the vegetables are grown within thirty miles of Manchester and dry ingredients (pulses, beans and grains) have been sourced as close as possible and within Europe.

Making History

Mon, 06/14/2010
Oral History Techniques Workshop.

Amateur historians from across Greater Manchester are benefiting from a number of training workshops in preparation for Forgotten Fields: Kindling's food heritage project. A few weeks ago we held an 'ownership & copyright' course. The second workshop (held today: the 14th June 2010) covered oral history techniques and the third will explore how we can collectively evaluate this unique project over the next two years.


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