Peace Brigades International in Manchester

Sat, 06/12/2010 to Sun, 06/20/2010
PBI trainers and potential recruits in the spring of 2009.

After spending a year in Guatemala working with Peace Brigades International: Guatemala, Kindling's Helen and Matt have continued their involvement with the human rights organisation. Twice a year Kindling makes a small contribution to this amazing organisation by hosting PBI Guatemala's training and selection process.

Over a week in June, Kindling will once again be providing logistics: travel, accommodation, catering etc. to enable the training and selection of new volunteers from across the world.

FeedingManchester #4

Fri, 06/25/2010
Workshop session at FeedingManchetser #4.

The 4th FeedingManchester took place on the glorious summer evening of  Friday the 25th June 2010 at Hulme Community Garden Centre. The evening combined a networking and social event with the opportunity to discuss how we collectively encourage other organisations to adopt our definition of Sustainable Food and prepare for a possible sustainable food manifesto for Greater Manchester.

Stronger Roots

Wed, 05/26/2010
Strong Roots participants with their information packs.

Six Community-focused growing projects came together for the first Strong Roots training day in late May (2010) to explore ways of making their food growing projects more sustainable and meet others who share their passion for their communities and are facing similar challenges & opportunities.

Groups who attended included Friends of Platt Fields Park, Manchester Methodist Housing Group, Victoria House (a homeless project), Crumpsall & Cheetham Model Allotment as well as Children and Families Services in Wythensawe.

Timperley Rhubarb Remembered

Mon, 05/24/2010
Forgotten Fields Logo.

Forgotten Fields has begun the first of six inter-generational food heritage projects with the communities of Heyes Lane in Timperley, Altrincham.

Until relatively recently, Timperley was a thriving area of market gardens supplying Manchester and beyond with fruit and vegetables. The project will work with people who have first-hand experience and knowledge, including three local residents (in their eighties) who still remember the commercial growing of the famous Timperley Early Rhubarb.

Seasonal School Soup for Starter

Thu, 05/13/2010
Moss Brooke Growers harvesting their first crop.

Manchester Fayre has begun experimenting with local produce from regional farmers to create a local and seasonal organic soup for a primary school pupils in South Manchester.

With support from The Kindling Trust and supplied by members of the newly formed Manchester organic growers and buyers collective, the soups will be piloted from September 2010 at Brookburn Primary School in Chorlton.

Kindling makes changes to be more sustainable

Sat, 05/01/2010
Sustaining Change Manual.

After carrying out MERCi's Sustaining Change audit and receiving support and advice from its team, Kindling has extensively revised its environmental policy into an updated and progressive sustainability policy.

The new policy is broader and more in depth than Kindling's previous policy, but more importantly dovetails with an action plan which sets future actions and targets.

Strong Roots Pilot

Mon, 04/26/2010
Two participants completing an action plan as part of the Strong Roots workshop

As part of Growing Manchester, Kindling carried out a on Monday 26th April for a select group of community growing projects included Abundance Manchester and Manchester Drugs Service's Waterloo Project. Growing Manchester invited a small number of applicants to attend the pilot to provide feedback and suggestions to help refine and improve the workshop for its official launch on Wednesday 26th May.

Fuelling Manchester #2

Thu, 05/13/2010
Charlie Baker's low carbon terrace house in Chorlton

The second Fuelling Manchester social took place on Thursday 13th May 2010 for those involved in community energy projects in the Manchester area. Individuals from Manchester Carbon Co-op, URBED, MERCi, Peak District Energy Co-op, Sustainable Change, Greater Manchester Tree Station and the Energy Savings Trust all attended the social at Odd Bar in the Northern Quarter.

Making Local Food Work for Manchester

Wed, 05/05/2010
Kindling's Helen Woodcock on the MLFW discussion panel with Rob Squires.

Kindling's Helen Woodcock gave a ten-minute talk at the May 2010 Making Local Food Work Conference entitled: Making Local Food Work for Manchester, introducing the work of The Kindling Trust and explaining the purpose of projects like FeedingManchester.

Helen also joined a discussion panel answering questions from the audience, alongside Rob Squires of Groundwork's Target: Wellbeing and the ever passionate: Kath Dalmeny of Sustain.


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