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!
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.
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.
The site is looking more and more like a market garden. In one of our two polytunnels we are harvesting and selling! The mangetout (Sweet Horizon) have been bountiful and we are into a third week of cropping the sweetest pods.
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