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Kindling's Manchester office established

Date: 
Fri, 01/01/2010
Kindling's new office in Hulme, South Manchester.
Kindling has started 2010 in its new office in Work for Change, Hulme, South Manchester

Kindling has started 2010 in its new office in Work for Change, Hulme, South Manchester, after working for the last two years from member's homes. Although we don't presently have funding to pay for the office, we felt it was crucial to involve more volunteers, become more inclusive and allow the project to grow.

Orchard Management Course

Date: 
Fri, 12/11/2009
Debs on a BTCV orchard management course.
We’ve attended a few orchard management courses over the last year (the latest one on the 11th December 2009, and run by Cheshire BTCV) to learn the basics of looking after apple trees & have a go at some winter pruning.

We’ve attended a few orchard management courses over the last year (the latest one on the 11th December 2009, and run by Cheshire BTCV) to learn the basics of looking after apple trees & have a go at some winter pruning.

For further information visit the Orchard Management Course gallery where we provide information on the basic principles of pruning and give you a taste of the issues and techniques involved.

Global Crisis : Organic Response Debate

Date: 
Mon, 04/27/2009
Global Crisis Flyer
On Monday 27th April 2009 three of the country’s leading experts on sustainable food and agriculture spoke to a hundred and fifty people attended the Global Crisis : Organic Response debate, held in Manchester City Centre.

On Monday 27th April 2009 three of the country’s leading experts on sustainable food and agriculture spoke to a hundred and fifty people attending the Global Crisis : Organic Response debate, held in Manchester City Centre.

The event included a BBC style Question Time hosted by Patrick Holden CBE – Director of The Soil Association and presentations by Susanne Padel – Research Associate of Aberystwyth University and Lawrence Woodward OBE of Organic Research Centre Elm Farm.

Urban Food Production Presentation

Date: 
Thu, 11/19/2009
A slide from the Powerpoint presentation.
Kindling's Chris Walsh gave a presentation to several hundred Manchester School of Architecture students on the issue of sustainable food in Manchester in mid-November 2009.

Kindling's Chris Walsh gave a presentation to several hundred Manchester School of Architecture students on the issue of sustainable food in Manchester in mid-November 2009. As part of the students’ first year project they are exploring urban food production and consumption and the talk raised the many and interlinked problems with our present unsustainable food system and offered some potential solutions.

Click here to see the Sustainable Urban Food Production presentation.

Are you Dancing? Christmas Fundraiser

Date: 
Sat, 12/20/2008
Unicorn Staff enjoying the three course meal.
This Christmas Fundraiser, involved a three course meal for forty of Unicorn Grocery's staff and a disco for many of Manchester's environmental groups and businesses, including Ethical Consumer Magazine.

This Christmas Fundraiser, involved a three course meal for forty of Unicorn Grocery's staff and a disco for many of Manchester's environmental groups and businesses, including Ethical Consumer Magazine.

The night raised £900 for  San José de Apartadó in Columbia.

Organic Lea Visit

Date: 
Fri, 10/30/2009 to Sat, 10/31/2009
Organic Lea members talking to Adam Rayn from Glebelands City Growers.
Kindling hosted a visit from London food co-operative Organic Lea at the end of October 2009 as part of an information exchange.

Kindling hosted a visit from London food co-operative Organic Lea at the end of October 2009 as part of an information exchange.The eight members of Organic Lea have just taken on Hawkwood Nursery, a 12 acre site on the edge of Waltham Forest as a focus for urban food production and training.

The two days included visits to Hulme Community Garden Centre; Unicorn Grocery; Fairfield Materials Management; Glebelands City Growers and Unicorn's growing project: Moss Brooke.

Are you Dancing? Halloween Fundraiser

Date: 
Fri, 10/31/2008
Halloween revellers enjoying the disco.
One of our party nights in Hulme, this time proceeds went to help rebuild the Clinica La Guadalupana hospital in the Zapatista community of Oventik in Chiapas, Mexico, which was recently destroyed by fire.

One of our party nights in Hulme, this time proceeds went to help rebuild the Clinica La Guadalupana hospital in the Zapatista community of Oventik in Chiapas, Mexico, which was recently destroyed by fire.
On this occasion we raised over £400. Previous disco have raised nearly £400 for the El Salvadorean Permaculture Association and £450 for Peace Brigades International.

Love your local farmer!: Valentine’s Day 2009

Date: 
Sat, 02/14/2009
Kindling's Helen Woodcock kissing local grower Adam Ryan from Glebelands.
On Valentine’s Day 2009, Kindling launched its pocket-sized seasonal food calendar "The time is ripe", produced with the support of the Local Food Fund.

On Valentine’s Day 2009, Kindling launched its pocket-sized seasonal food calendar "The time is ripe", produced with the support of the Local Food Fund. The booklet and accompanying website aims to make the process of shopping for locally produced, seasonal fruit and vegetables easier. Alongside the seasonal food calendar are details of where to buy local, seasonal produce in Manchester as well as tips on selection and storage.

Food Heritage School Project: Autumn 2008

Date: 
Mon, 09/01/2008 to Wed, 11/26/2008
Pupils of St. Margaret's Primary School exploring old maps of Whalley Range.
The Kindling Trust is working with staff and pupils of St. Margaret's Primary School and local residents to explore the heritage and history of food growing, cooking and selling in Whalley Range.

The Kindling Trust is working with staff and pupils of St. Margaret's Primary School and local residents to explore the heritage and history of food growing, cooking and selling in Whalley Range.

The children at St. Margaret's School have been interviewing older people with a particular interest or viewpoint of Whalley Range's food history, in preparation for creating a 2009 calendar.

PBI Guatemala Training Week: October 2008

Date: 
Sat, 10/18/2008 to Sun, 10/26/2008
Peace Bridages International training session.
We provide logistical support for the training and selection weeks of Peace Brigades International - Guatemala.

We provide logistical support for the training and selection weeks of Peace Brigades International - Guatemala. The weeks are a lot of work (for both the trainers and the participants) and Kindling feels that it is essential that the logisics flow smoothly, allowing the group to focus on their work. It is our role to arrange a suitable and affordable venue, provide materials and transport, look after the training team during the preparation and evaluation process, and provide the meals.

The Kindling Trust is a not for profit social enterprise with charitable aims (Company number: 6136029).
Kindling Trust Ltd - Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 7HR