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.
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...
Where has the time gone? Incredibly fast, and it feels like I have only just touched the surface on learning about Stockfree Organic Growing. My 1st year is nearly coming to an end and it has been amazing and hard work. Learning to be observant, keeping detailed records, being creative on how you see things. Not to get stuck into one way of doing and also to communicate and work within the team.
On Thursday 19th October we're launching not one but two celebrations of sustainable food, at an informal get-together at Bridge 5 Mill;
- Unlikely Heroes photographic exhibition, featuring some familiar faces!
- Greater Manchester Sustainable Food Vision, developed collectively by our region's sustainable food movement
Join us! Thursday 19th October, 7pm, Bridge 5 Mill. All welcome.
Geography student Ellie spent the summer learning about alternative food systems with us... hands on!
Agriculture is key to a healthy planet and no system of farming does more to protect soil, water and biodiversity than organic. Being an organic grower is an incredibly fulfilling job, nourishing people and planet. But it's also fraught with risk, underpaid, and incredibly hard work! Is it for you??
If you're keen on a career in growing but not not ready to launch yourself into it full-time, spend a year honing your veg growing skills and learn about the business aspects of horticulture with our year-long FarmStart programme at Woodbank Nursery.
In early May, just as our urban horticulture hub at Woodbank Park was springing back into life, it became home to an innovative new way of linking local food with health and wellbeing. Working in partnership with Alvanley Family Practice and Starting Point Community Learning Partnership, we are excited to be trialling ‘More than Medicine - a model of social prescribing that combines access to local organic veg with cookery, socialising and food growing.
Towards the end of July, Team Kindling traded in our wellies and wheel barrows for banners and placards, taking to the streets of Blackpool united with ‘Farmers Against Fracking’ in Lancashire. As part of a month of protest with Reclaim the Power at the Cuadrilla drilling site in Blackpool, we proudly stood with food growers and environmental activists from around the UK to support those resisting the first UK attempt to extract fracked gas on a commercial scale.
Want to be a commercial organic grower? - We're recruiting now for our Autumn 2017 commercial growers course!
We are serious about getting more people into commercial food growing, and we are looking to support people who are serious about doing it too! Each autumn we run a 4-day Commercial Organic Horticulture Course - offering people an amazing training opportunity to learn how to set up an organic food growing business from the growers themselves.