Community Gardening at Woodbank Food Hub

Fri, 08/17/2018
"It’s so nice to have people eat what you grow - you’ve done it!" and other reflections from the community gardeners at Woodbank Food Hub

Our weekly community gardening sessions are going from strength to strength and, despite the long wait for the arrival of Spring, the community growers are doing an amazing job at getting the space ready for the flurry of sowing and planting that lies just around the corner. Rita and Janice have become friends since meeting during the community gardening sessions.


Tales from the Polytunnels: Dan

Fri, 08/17/2018
Dan harvesting Kale
As we open applications for the FarmStart programme for next year, we catch up with Dan who started his growing journey with us in January
Here is a little update on the year so far...
So I think the biggest thing I’ve learned from this year so far is to be as prepared as possible before the growing season starts and have everything you might need in place and ready to go. It’s amazing how quickly you can find yourself on the back foot and feeling like there is way too much to do!!

Sunday 5th Aug: Join us for a Countryside walk & visit FarmStart

Fri, 05/20/2016
Join us for a stroll
Have a stroll with us, visit our incubator farm site and finish with tea and cake!

A date for your diaries: It’s that time of year for the Kindling Trust’s Countryside Walk, where you can visit our FarmStart Cheshire site en-route. The walk will begin promptly at 11am on Sunday 5th August, at Abbey Leys Organic Farm (near Lymm). Happily, it also coincides with Abbey Leys monthly Farmers Market (10am-1pm) - so do arrive early for a browse! There is plenty of car parking at the farm, plus toilets and a farm shop. 

Work with us to deliver a model of a fairer and more sustainable food system

Fri, 06/15/2018
Manchester Veg People and Veg Box People are recruiting now!
We are looking for a special someone to join the Manchester Veg People and Veg Box People teams, application deadline: Friday 22nd July
Veg Box People and Manchester Veg People are two co-operative organisations that work closely together to deliver a model of a more sustainable and fairer food system for Greater Manchester. 

Farmstarter Profile: Dan

Sun, 05/06/2018
Dan Farmstarer Profile
Who are the kind of people that test out a career in commercial growing through the Farmstart programme? Introducing Dan, a live music sound engineer. When he isn't dropping beets he is harvesting them.

Dan works in live music and events and joined Kindling through the Land Army, regularly volunteering at both of our incubator farms at Woodbank Park and Abbey Leys in Cheshire. Not coming from an agricultural background, the experience gave Dan insight into local production and sowed the seeds of his interest in organic horticulture, leading him to sign up to Kindling’s Commercial Growers Course. As Dan’s interest and passion for organic horticulture has grown, so has his aspirations to become a commercial grower himself.


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Land Army Volunteer Spotlight

Wed, 03/28/2018
Carol and Nick hard at work on the snowy Land Army volunteer day
Carol and Nick share their stories about what Land Army volunteering days mean to them. From reliving childhood adventures with nature, to realising the positivity of growing and sharing produce.

"I heard about the Kindling Trust when Helen came to do a talk at Ordsall Hall, where I was undertaking a RHS horticultural qualification. I felt really inspired by Helen's passion for sustainable food and thought both the Land Army and Farmstart sounded like quite unique opportunities to get involved in learning about and directly growing food sustainably."

Rahel's Intern Insights at Kindling HQ

Mon, 03/19/2018
Rahel wearing the Kindling Trust T-shirt and, her with the team
Multilingual Communication's Student Rahel from Cologne spent four months with us. Making the most of her time in Manchester, from pruning apple tree's to scaling mountains in the peak district.

“The work couldn’t get boring with such a lovely team and with all the different tasks I had a go at.”

From administrative work, which included working on the Feeding Greater Manchester website, to working outside packing veg bags, being at the stall and helping at the growing site, Rahel was kept on her toes throughout her four month internship with us.

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Veg Out at Woodbank Park

Buying local organic veg is now a walk in the park for Stockport residents
Mon, 02/12/2018
Collection point for a weekly veg bag now open
Stockport’s Woodbank Park now offers even more ways to improve health and wellbeing, as the old council plant nursery springs back into life as a hub for organic gardening and a brand new ‘veg bag’ scheme.

As of this month (February), local residents and park visitors can sign up for a weekly selection of local veg, available to collect from the park every Thursday, including produce grown at Woodbank itself!


Woodbank Nursery, located close to the Park Lane entrance on the south side of the park, has just become a pick-up point for Veg Box People, already supplying locally-grown organic vegetables to over two hundred Greater Manchester residents.

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