Sustainable Food Cities Conference 2016

Wed, 05/04/2016
good food economy
Helping build skills, jobs, businesses and communities through healthy and sustainable food

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.

Spring update from Abbey Leys FarmStart

Sun, 05/01/2016
New crop 2016
"I have always wanted to do this but never thought I would be able to" - Abbey Leys FarmStarter update

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.

Tales from the Testcroppers

Fri, 04/29/2016
The polytunnel is transformed!" Oriental Leaf plug plants like Hon Tai Sai all in, and Agretti seeds sown: Spring update from the Woodbank polytunnels....

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:

From Oregon to Manchester, with love!

Sun, 03/20/2016
Bailey and Alex
An introduction to our newest recruit Bailey who's bringing US & UK farming experience to our Veg Box People team...

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…)

EU Referendum: a spotlight on food & farming

Wed, 03/09/2016
Tuesday 19th April: Exploring the implications of a Brexit for the food we eat and the way we produce it.

The EU influences every aspect of the UK’s food and farming systems; subsiding farming to the tune of billions and regulating everything from worker and consumer protection to rural development, biodiversity and river water quality. 

New Stockport land enters organic conversion process

Wed, 03/09/2016
Woodbank site
Our Woodbank Park FarmStart site is now officially ‘in conversion’; a good time to remind ourselves what organic is really about…

We’ve just entered our one and a half acres at Woodbank Park into organic conversion, a process that covers the changeover from non-organic to organic growing. It’s being overseen by the Soil Association, one of the UK’s organisations for licensing organic food growing.  The Association annually inspects every grower it licenses, to ensure that everyone sticks to its stringent set of standards. We now begin the three-year pathway to providing organic, local produce for the Stockport area.

Wangari Maathai Peace Grove comes to Hulme

Wed, 02/17/2016
Helen and kids
Kindling gets inspired by local schoolkids planting grove in honour of the Kenyan peace prize winner...

We’ve recently spent a couple of days helping a group of 8-10 year olds from Hulme to create a Wangari Maathai Peace Grove, in honour of the first African women to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

The grove is one of three being created in the city through the wonderful Manchester Environmental Education Network (MEEN). According to MEEN’s co-ordinator Raichael, the project aims to “inspire our communities with Wangari Maathai’s story, to bring young and older community activists together to share their stories whilst taking positive action together by planting trees”.

New expert advisory group for our farm

Tue, 01/26/2016
The Oxford Real Farming Conference played host to the first meeting of our advisory panel, and connected us to landowners!

Once again the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) gave us a great start to the year, made even more exciting by the very first meeting of the Kindling farm's advisory group!

The conference, now in its fifth year, is a unique gathering of the UK’s agroecological farming movement. And the evening before the start of ORFC, some of the most respected people in the sector met to explore and challenge our vision for Kindling’s farm. As well as offering very positive and useful feedback, they started to look at how to help us communicate our vision for the farm to the outside world.

New crop of FarmStarters – seven new future growers?

Tue, 01/26/2016
New participants' experiences in potato farming, mushroom harvesting and polytunnel-building will come in handy...

We’ve got a brand new crop of seven FarmStarters spread over our two FarmStart sites, who will soon be getting stuck into their first ever season of organic veg production on a commercial scale. Here’s some thoughts from the folk taking part:


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