Moss Side Carbon Co-op Launched

Sat, 03/27/2010
Carbon Coop Manual (Moss Side Edition) written by the Kindling Trust

Saturday 27th March 2010 saw the Moss Side launch event of the Carbon Co-op, a new low-carbon social enterprise based in South Manchester. Founded by local residents, the Carbon Co-op aims to bring together friends, neighbours and communities in a bulk buying co-operative, purchasing low carbon technologies, from energy monitors to solar panels, at discount.

The new social enterprise aims to bring green jobs and help Manchester meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets.

Growing Manchester Launched

Mon, 03/29/2010
Growing Manchester publicity.

Growing Manchester is a new programme to support community growing projects in the city to become more sustainable in the long term and covers a wide range of issues such as maintaining soil fertility, your legal responsibilities, micro-trading and involving more people. The Programme offers a unique package of support including:

Forgotten Fields Secures Support

Thu, 03/25/2010
Forgotten Fields session at a local allotment.

Kindling has secured Heritage Lottery support of around £40,000 to support its food heritage project: Forgotten Fields.

The project focuses on the heritage of food production and availability in Manchester from 1750’s to present day. It concentrates on six communities from across Greater Manchester that have expressed a need to explore a particular food heritage.

Starting With One Street

Tue, 03/09/2010
Carbon Co-op Workshop Materials.

Kindling has been working with South Manchester Carbon Co-op in preparation to pilot this unique initiative on two streets in Rusholme, South Manchester. Our role has been to develop the carbon co-op manual - giving top energy-saving tips; money-saving offers on things like insulation, car sharing schemes, energy saving appliances; and examples of the amazing things that other communities have done to reduce their carbon emissions and energy bills.

What makes a successful community food growing project?

Sat, 03/06/2010
Abundance Manchester's community garden in Withington.

Is it people who can plan ahead? Is it the sunny, well drained site? Is is the ongoing grant? Is it a sympathetic neighbourhood? Is it the local café who's willing to buy your surplus veg? Each project is unique; each has its strengths and challenges; each has to overcome different barriers; each has different aspirations and goals.

Defining Sustainable Food

Mon, 02/01/2010
Fresh organic fruit & veg from Plawhatch Farm.

As part of the FeedingManchester events we have collectively been working on a definition of sustainable food. This is to ensure that any future action to green Manchester addresses our unsustainable food system, as well as being the foundation for the growing sustainable food movement in Greater Manchester.

Fuelling Manchester Social

Fri, 02/19/2010
Fuelling Manchester invitation

Kindling & the Carbon Co-op have organised a social evening for people involved in community energy projects in the Manchester area for Friday 19th February 2010.

"We thought it would be beneficial to organise a get together for all those of us involved in community renewable projects, be that: water turbine co-operatives; bio-mass and woodland management enterprises; waste-to-energy projects, solar energy collectives or those involved in community-focused action on insulation and energy efficiency".

Apple Grafting Workshops

Sat, 03/13/2010 to Sun, 03/14/2010
Apple Grafting Workshop Poster.

Kindling in partnership with Abundance Manchester and OTAGS are running two day-long workshops in March 2010 to introduce gardeners to the art of apple grafting (cutting & combining a shoot of one tree to the rootstock of another and binding them together until they grow into each other).

Sustaining Change Pilot

Wed, 01/13/2010
MERCi staff enjoying the food tasting activity.
Sustaining Change is a MERCi project to green Greater Manchester's voluntary sector.

Sustaining Change is a MERCi project to green Greater Manchester's voluntary sector. Kindling has been helping to develop the audit and training elements of the four year programme, and in January 2010 we piloted some of the training with MERCi staff, trying out creative and interactive activities to introduce the many elements of sustainability.


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