Calling the new generation of food activists!

Fri, 06/02/2017
Helen in a field harvesting fennel
Helen on why we’re holding a day exploring stock-free growing at our Woodbank site: Sat 24th June

"On my recent trip to France looking at incubator farms and access to land, I was discussing with Veronique, one of our hosts from Terre de Liens, the potential of transferring their model to the UK. Veronique, very sympathetically, pointed out that we have a real challenge on our hands here and that she struggles to think of another country where food culture is so lacking.

The Lush Regeneration Prize

Tue, 05/30/2017
Lush Spring prize website
Stories of hope and of incredible and inspirational people struggling against all odds to create a fairer world

Our Helen recently attended the Lush Spring Prize event, where Kindling was shortlisted for an award.

"After what happened here in Manchester last Monday, it’s hard to know how to start a piece about the event that I was at the time. But it also feels in some way like the right way to respond - both to what happened in Manchester and to the madness of the global shift to the right - with stories of hope and of incredible and inspirational people struggling against all odds to create a fairer, more just world.

Tales from the polytunnels

Tue, 05/30/2017
How FarmStarter Belinda's getting on, plus catching up with some previous Farmstarters

Our farming population is aging, and it’s a not an easy career to move into. Our FarmStart programme was the UK’s very first incubator and training initiative for organic growers. FarmStarters at our Woodbank site in Stockport undergo a year-long training scheme, led by experienced grower and trainer Helen Dodd. This year, sports coach and RHS student Belinda is one of them:

New farmland for Commercial Growers Course participant!

Fri, 04/07/2017
James' fields
James has recently completed on his land purchase and hopes to transition from manager to farmer...

We were delighted to get news that James Powell, who participated in our Commercial Growers Course last autumn, has completed his land purchase near his home in Milton Keynes. After 15 years of allotment-eering and providing a seasonal veg box to 28 local families, he's ready to scale up production to a more commercial scale, and hopes to eventually transition from his day job...

Travel the world of solutions with "Tomorrow" film showing

Fri, 04/07/2017
Join us for a big helping of creative energy and inspiration courtesy of this award-winning film on Wed 26th April.

It's kickstarted community projects all over the world already...what will you do after seeing it?!

Wednesday 26th April, 6.30pm at the International Anthony Burgesss Foundation, M1 5BY

Funding Farms for the Future

Fri, 04/07/2017
Steepholding Family Farm
Our friends at the Ecological Land Co-operative Want You - Invest now!

The mission of the Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) is the creation of residential smallholdings aimed at new entrants to horticulture and mixed farming, protected for ecological agricultural use in perpetuity. A dream for many, but one for which the barriers are high. Leading a land-based livelihood can be a tough path, which we know all too well about. 

Mayoral Candidates Receive Sustainable Food Strategy

Fri, 03/24/2017
Sustainable Food Strategy Event, December 2016
Over 100 groups contributed to the will the Gtr Mcr mayoral candidates respond?

Our latest FeedingManchester event brought together over 100 groups from the sector to shape a new sustainable food strategy for Greater Manchester.

With the mayoral election fast approaching, we've sent the draft strategy to the candidates, asking them to respond to five priorities identified, which we believe will go along way to making Manchester a Sustainable Food City.


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