Veg Lovers

Wed, 02/08/2017
Love your farmer
Show your local farmer how much you love them this Valentines Day

For some Valentine’s Day is a reminder to tell those we love how much they mean to us. For others it’s another commercial invention to make us spend more money. Either way, we thought it would be great to do something different this year – and we’d like to invite you to join us.

This Valentine’s day we’re going to take the opportunity to love our local farmers: we want to tell the people who are out in the fields, come rain or shine growing our lovely local organic veg, just how much we appreciate them.

Roots, Fruits and Leaves: connecting with a Scottish box scheme

Fri, 12/23/2016
Karen with RF&L producers
We've been supporting an enterprise that aims to sustain its producers and build local food resilience.

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...

There and back again: catching up with a former shipmate

Fri, 12/23/2016
Nona's farm
Nona drops in to tell us about her urban farm in Ohio. Galvanised by Manchester’s food movement, she’s now helping build Cleveland’s.

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.

‘Common Good’ land use: reconceiving land as a shared asset

Wed, 12/14/2016
Shared assets 'common good' animation
We joined other organisations from around the UK to support each other in our mission to use land for the ‘common good’. But what does that mean?

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. 

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.


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