Do you think that children should be able to live free from the damaging impacts of hunger on their health and opportunity? Do you want to live in a country in which the safety net provides us all with the protection we need in time of crisis? Do you want to be part of a powerful emerging national campaign to make this happen? Join us on July 18th...
We're recruiting for a Strategic Development Worker (closing date Sunday 24th July 2016)
The Kindling Trust is seeking a highly motivated and driven individual to join our small, committed team, working to revolutionise the food system in Greater Manchester and beyond!
We are at a critical and exciting stage in our development. We are seeking a highly motivated, driven individual to join our small, committed team to improve our overall effectiveness and help us create the change we need in our region’s food system and beyond.
Veg Box People has recently updated its purchasing policy in order to sell non-certified-organic produce.
“Why, isn’t that a step backwards…?” you might ask? Well, nope! It’s a strategic move designed to help get more local land into organic production, by supporting farmers who have started growing using organic practices but aren’t yet eligible for the Soil Association’s “in conversion” label. And it's already benefiting two sets of growers right here in Greater Manchester.
Like many, given just a few months to prepare for what will be one of the most significant decisions in the UK’s political history, we were concerned about just how much we didn’t know. So we took the opportunity to explore the role of the EU in our food system at one of our regular ‘Feeding Manchester’ events.
Agro-forestry – two inspirational farming examples.
“You’ll notice that the diversity theme keeps coming up” began Martin Wolfe “diversity in farming is the only sustainable way to farm and Agroforestry is the best way to maximise diversity”.
Our Feeding Stockport co-ordinator Jemma recently helped run a workshop at the Sustainable Food Cities conference focussed on the Food Economy; helping to build skills, jobs, businesses and communities through healthy and sustainable food.
Many local authorities have started to recognise the key role a revitalized ‘good-food’ culture can play in boosting local jobs and businesses, and in making their town centres a destination of choice.
A three-strong team from Salford make up our new Abbey Leys FarmStart contingent. Brother and sister Sam and Jo plus friend Ashley have a mix of growing experience between them, including home growing, working on a potato farm and long-term wwoofing in New Zealand.
Local resident Gaynor is one of the five FarmStarters at Woodbank. Her father was a Stockport greengrocer (as well as a keen gardener), supplying fruit and vegetables to the local community, so she grew up appreciating the value of fresh produce. She’s been growing on an allotment scale for several years and also worked for a commercial mushroom growing operation, now she’s learning the horticultural and business skills for a whole new career direction:
Bailey McCracken joined Kindling last year to help get our organic box scheme off the ground – if you’re a Veg Box People customer you’ll know her friendly face from the Tuesday afternoon pick up at Manchester University. But she’s also getting stuck in growing at our Woodbank Park site in Stockport. This means she gets to see the whole food chain, from plant to plate (almost…)