Karen Hughes is an organic grower in Morayshire, Scotland, and runs the brilliant Roots, Fruits and Leaves box scheme. Earlier this year she took part in our ‘How to set up a FarmStart’ training and is scoping the potential for replicating our Land Army scheme north of the border...
Nona worked with Kindling for two years, co-ordinating the Feeding Manchester network. She dropped in for a chat with Emily, newest addition to team Kindling, to find out what she's been up to since moving back to Ohio and how her time in Manchester helped get her there.
Kindling co-founder Helen was invited to participate in a mini-conference last week called ‘Creating Common Good Land Use’, to talk about growing peoples' skills to facilitate ‘common good’ land use. It was the last in a series of events that Shared Assets have been delivering to identify key barriers to ‘common good’ land use and some solutions to them.
Over 30 groups from across Greater Manchester came together at Bridge 5 Mill on the 3rd December to develop and update a strategy for sustainable food. The day brought together ideas from across the region that fed into the existing ‘Greater Manchester Food Strategy’, formed in 2013 by more than 100 groups. This food strategy covers issues and themes from: food poverty and malnutrition to sustainable supply chains and how to address food waste, taking positive steps to forge an agenda for sustainable food.
Kindling’s been invited to lead on the food element of the People’s Plan; an independent public engagement programme run by and for citizens and civil society of Greater Manchester. If you're involved with food, join us on Saturday 3rd December to refresh our ‘Sustainable Food Strategy’ to inform and inspire our city's devolution plans. Register here
Stockport food producers, sellers, growers and eaters are invited to join the next Feeding Stockport network event to get inspired by the founder of Wigan's Greenslate Farm.
Wednesday 26th October, 2-5pm at FarmStart Woodbank in Woodbank Park, SK1
This is my third year of growing at FarmStart Abbey Leys. It’s also been the year I’ve learned and enjoyed the most - and the year I have finally actually felt like a grower. Which after four years of working at it, is a good feeling!
Elsa Lee, a Learning Technologist at the University of Manchester, has been receiving her veg from Veg Box People for almost a year.
At the University Elsa supports the academic staff to ensure that educational activities match the capabilities of technologies. When Elsa is not working she documents her thoughts on all things food on her fantastic blog, Elsa Eats. We recently met up with Elsa over breakfast to find out more and to ask her how the box scheme fits into her daily life.
In the heart of urban Stockport, FarmStart Woodbank is one of Kindling's farm business incubators, offering a gradual transition from community or allotment growing to commercial production. New FarmStarter Jack Webb updates on on progress and explains how setbacks can be bad for the crops but good for the growers!