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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Finally, a move towards ecology-driven farming subsidies?!

Mon, 01/15/2018
An existential crisis for many of us at the Oxford Real Farming Conference as we find Michael Gove agreeing with us...

Happy new year to you all (if it’s not to late to say that?!). We were lucky enough to start 2018 with our annual hit of inspiration, thought-provoking discussion and practical farming top tips, from old friends and new at the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC). 

Tales of Resistance

Fri, 12/01/2017
A window into the work of the Land Workers Alliance

Kindling member Emily joined other regional members of the Land Workers Alliance (LWA) earlier this month for a crash course on the global Food Sovereignty movement and UK Agricultural Policy, as well as loads of great ideas on how we can all actively campaign for the interests of small hold farmers. Here's what she learned...

Bristol Veg People?

Tue, 11/28/2017
Bristol Food Producers
Could Bristol be next in line for a co-operative collaboration between growers and retailers?

Last month, Bristol Food Producers paid us a visit as part of their quest for models to increase the amount of local veg being consumed in the city. Coordinator Steph Wetherell explains why that brought them to us...

A visionary future built on today’s hard work

Fri, 11/03/2017
Food Vision Launch
Launch of a Sustainable Food Vision for Greater Manchester

Despite a night of atrocious weather, forty representatives of Greater Manchester food organisations made it to Bridge 5 Mill at the end of October for an evening of wine, catching up and a gorgeous photo farmer exhibition to launch the Sustainable Food Vision for Greater Manchester.

FarmStart Lancaster?

Fri, 11/03/2017
Claver Hill Lancaster
Could a new farmer incubation scheme be on the cards for our northern neighbour? After their visit, it sounds like it!

Last month, six sustainable food advocates and practitioners from Lancaster spent a day with us at Woodbank, scoping out the potential to create Lancaster’s own FarmStart programme. Together they’re already doing a lot to tackle food challenges in the city, and it sounds like a FarmStart scheme could be next.

Pastures new

Fri, 10/20/2017
Haye Farm, Devon
Maybe-grower Lyndsey tries out farm life with former Kindling members Alex & Bailey

Former members of the Kindling team, Alex and Bailey were instrumental in co-ordinating the FarmStart programme and developing and running Veg Box People. In March they left for pastures new (literally), to a five acre organic farm in Devon. 

Current Kindling member Lyndsey, who is participating in our Commercial Growers Course, visited them there at Haye Farm during October to lend a hand on the land, have a good catch up, and learn about their growing journey so far...


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