Join the Land Army this Spring!

Mon, 03/13/2017
Land Army at Woodbank
Join us on local organic farms this Spring in preparation for the new growing season.

Join us this Spring in preparation for the new growing season.

As Spring begins we are starting to ramp up our trips out to local organic farms. So if you'd like a day out helping out on local farms are are free on these upcoming dates, then get intouch.

Land Army Dates:

Saturday 18th March – to Abbey Leys in Cheshire.

Thursday 13th April – to Woodbank Nursery in Stockport.

Saturday 15th April –  to Abbey Leys in Cheshire.

Monday 24th April –  to Abbey Leys in Cheshire.

Building a new food system - ORFC 2017

Mon, 02/27/2017
ORFC initiatives
A run down of the initiatives featured at this year’s ORFC that could become the foundations for a sustainable food system

It's always very tempting to write an article about the hugely inspiring Oxford Real Farming Conference the second we get on the train home. Each year, we return to report on the exciting talks we heard, the inspiring people we meet, the workshops we spoke at and the fringe sessions we organised.

Not this time.

Come and work with Veg Box People

Sat, 02/25/2017
Join Veg Box People
Our colleagues at Veg Box People are recruiting.

Veg Box People workers co-operative is part of the Kindling family, one of the enterprises we’ve incubated and supported in our quest to transform Manchester's food system. From tiny beginnings just 18 months ago, the co-op now provides organic veg bags to 125 customers each week, and is seeking a highly motivated new co-op member to join its committed, multi-tasking team.

Each week they are selling around £800 of organic veg, that wasn’t being grown last year! They have also increased the number of collection points.

Three new future growers!

Fri, 02/10/2017
FarmStarters 2017
We’re welcoming three new FarmStarters this year, all starting a journey they hope may lead to organic veg growing as a career.

Our FarmStart programme is the UK’s very first incubator initiative for organic farmers, providing training, affordable access to land, infrastructure, shared equipment and a ready market. This year we’ve got three new FarmStarters spread over two sites who are about to get stuck into their first ever season of organic veg production on a commercial scale. They'll be documenting their unique experiences over the growing season as they get to grips with creating new land-based livelihoods, so watch this space...

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



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