In the heart of urban Stockport, FarmStart Woodbank is one of Kindling's farm business incubators, offering a gradual transition from community or allotment growing to commercial production. New FarmStarter Jack Webb updates on on progress and explains how setbacks can be bad for the crops but good for the growers!
We are happy to report we’re growing the Kindling family! With extra staff coming on board in recent months for Veg Box People, Manchester Veg People and our own Kindling team, our old office in Hulme was getting a little cramped. So we’ve all recently moved into Bridge 5 Mill, an amazing, 150 year-old, ecologically refurbished mill building in Ancoats, ten minutes along the canal from Piccadilly station.
FarmStart Abbey Leys is Kindling’s original (and the UK’s first-ever!) farm business incubator, launched in 2013. It's situated on Abbey Leys organic farm, just 15 miles to the south-west of Manchester near Knutsford, on flat, fertile certified organic land.
A three-strong team from Salford make up this year’s new Abbey Leys FarmStart contingent. Brother and sister Sam and Jo plus friend Ashley came to FarmStart with a mix of growing experience between them, including home growing, working on a potato farm and long-term wwoofing in New Zealand.
The site is looking more and more like a market garden. In one of our two polytunnels we are harvesting and selling! The mangetout (Sweet Horizon) have been bountiful and we are into a third week of cropping the sweetest pods.
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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.