More than Medicine: improving wellbeing through food

Fri, 09/01/2017
More than Medicine participants
It feels like a given that growing, cooking and eating together is good for you. But we're proving it!

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' (now Grow, Cook & Eat) - a model of social prescribing that combines access to local organic veg with cookery, socialising and food growing.

Kale not Shale!

Tue, 08/08/2017
Kindling team with fracking banner
Tales from the Frontline against Fracking

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?

Tue, 09/06/2016
Apply for our Autumn commercial growers course! Deadline for applications is 17th September

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. 

Do you really want to be a Farmer?!

Fri, 09/16/2016
Come and find out at our event on Monday 11th September, 6.30pm at Bridge 5 Mill, Manchester

Interested in organic farming but not sure if it’s for you? Considering joining FarmStart or taking part in our Commercial Growers Course? Now is your chance to find out more at our 'Do You Want to be a Farmer' event!

Monday 11th September, 6.30pm, Bridge 5 Mill, Manchester.

FarmStart phase two

Wed, 07/26/2017
The programme's about to reach a milestone (and undergo some changes) as we complete our first 5 years at Abbey Leys Farm

Our FarmStart programme is about to reach a milestone (and undergo some changes) as we complete our first five years at Abbey Leys Farm in Cheshire.

We established the UK’s first organic incubator site based on a tried and tested model from North America, providing a five year programme for FarmStarters to learn about commercial food growing and build a business, before moving onto their own site.

Sunday 6th Aug: Join us for a Cheshire walk & visit FarmStart

Tue, 07/11/2017
Walk pictures
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 6th 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. 

A Peoples' Food Policy is Launched

Tue, 07/11/2017
Front cover of peoples food policy
We're delighted to have contributed to this ambitous plan, which sets out a new vision for our food system

A People's Food Policy - England's first people-led food & farming plan - is launched! And Kindling is just one of many UK organisations who have contributed ideas, experiences and insights into this far reaching plan.

The plan contains a vision is of a food system where everybody, regardless of income, status or background, has secure access to enough good food at all times, without compromising on the wellbeing of people, the health of the environment and the ability of future generations to provide for themselves.


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