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!
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.