Sustainable food sector influencing Devo Manc

Wed, 12/14/2016
Group chatting at Peoples Food Plan
We brought Manchester food organisations together to contribute to the Peoples' Plan

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.

A People's Food Plan for Devo Manc – Saturday 3rd Dec

Tue, 10/18/2016
The governance of our city is about to change – join us in submitting a democratic ‘People's Food Plan’ to the 2017 mayoral candidates.

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


26th Oct: Wigan Inspiration for Stockport!

Fri, 10/14/2016
Greenslate kids
Stockport foodies: join others and get inspired by Greenslate Community Farm founder and Incredible Edible Wigan

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

Elsa Eats talks to Veg Box People

Fri, 09/16/2016
Elsa Eats
Why this Manchester food blogger loves her weekly organic box

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.

Tales from the polytunnel

Tue, 08/02/2016
Jack in the polytunnel
Flooding, flowers and fresh garlic: Learning from successes and setbacks at FarmStart Woodbank

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! 

Hill Holt Wood - inspiration from Lincolnshire for our farm

Fri, 07/29/2016
Our Helen's visited an amazing charity & social enterprise doing great things with woodland and the community

As we plan, learn and fundraise for our 'farm for Greater Manchester', we've been visiting various UK projects to help shape and inspire our plans....

"Ok so I know it probably seems like I say this about every place I visit, but I’ve just been to a really inspiring project called Hill Holt Wood.

A new home for Kindling

Tue, 07/12/2016
green roof at Bridge 5 Mill
We've relocated to a bigger office in the Ancoats eco-mill that two of our founders helped set up!

We are happy to report we’re growing the Kindling family! With extra staff coming on board in recent months for Veg Box People, Manchester Veg People and our own Kindling team, our old office in Hulme was getting a little cramped. So we’ve all recently moved into Bridge 5 Mill, an amazing, 150 year-old, ecologically refurbished mill building in Ancoats, ten minutes along the canal from Piccadilly station.

Salford Growers: tales from the field

Tue, 07/12/2016
Salford Growers
Our new three-strong FarmStart team are off to a great start at Abbey Leys

FarmStart Abbey Leys is Kindling’s original (and the UK’s first-ever!) farm business incubator, launched in 2013. It's situated on Abbey Leys organic farm, just 15 miles to the south-west of Manchester near Knutsford, on flat, fertile certified organic land.

A three-strong team from Salford make up this year’s new Abbey Leys FarmStart contingent. Brother and sister Sam and Jo plus friend Ashley came to FarmStart with a mix of growing experience between them, including home growing, working on a potato farm and long-term wwoofing in New Zealand.


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