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We're recruiting! Strategic Development Worker

Date: 
Wed, 06/22/2016
Strategic Development Worker
We're looking for a strategic thinker to drive our Manchester-based work forwards

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. 

Supporting organic conversion in the North West

Date: 
Fri, 06/03/2016
New Growers
Veg Box People's buying policy has changed so that we can support growers to convert new land

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. 

Getting informed on the EU debate

Date: 
Fri, 05/27/2016
Speaker Pete Ritchie from Nourish Scotland
We put the spotlight on the EU's role in food & farming at our latest Feeding Manchester event, here's a summary...

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.

Learning for the farm from Agroforestry experts

Date: 
Tue, 05/17/2016
Agroforestry visit
We learnt so much from visits to two of the UK's most inspirational Agroforestry examples.

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”.

Sustainable Food Cities Conference 2016

Date: 
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

Date: 
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

Date: 
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!

Date: 
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

Date: 
Wed, 03/09/2016
EU_Referendum
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

Date: 
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.

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