Thursday 19th October: Two launches in one night!

Launch flier

On Thursday 19th October we're launching not one but two celebrations of sustainable food, at an informal get-together at Bridge 5 Mill;  

  • Unlikely Heroes photographic exhibition, featuring some familiar faces!
  • Greater Manchester Sustainable Food Vision, developed collectively by our region's sustainable food movement

Join us! Thursday 19th October, 7pm, Bridge 5 Mill. All welcome. 

We'll be joined by photographer and researcher Walter Lewis, who spent 2015 travelling the length and breadth of England & Wales in a "Year-Long Photographic Exploration of An Agrarian Renaissance". He sought out those who have made a choice to produce food in an ethical and sustainable way. Producers who, more often than not, were locally focused, often community based, organic or biodynamic in method, small in scale, highly rotational and biodiverse, low in energy use, low in intervention and high in animal welfare.... everything that factory farming is not.

Walter's Unlikely Heroes photo exhibition celebrates food growers and farmers who "in choosing to grow in this way, are not opting for an easy way out. The life is demanding, and motivation is often linked to environmental activism – the protest is by growing food through a new agroecology. In making such a choice, these alternative farmers and growers provide the rest of us with a choice as to where we source our daily food."

The exhibition will be at the Mill throughout the Autumn, and features some local growers including our very own FarmStart. Join us on this launch night to hear from Walter about his journey of agrarian discovery. 

We're also taking this opportunity to launch the updated Greater Manchester Sustainable Food Vision, which has been developed with the input of over 100 Greater Manchester food organisations, and is bursting at the seams with ideas for how we can make ourselves a Sustainable Food City. 

We will have copies of the final vision hot off the press for you, and we'll share it as an electronic resource after the launch. The event will give you a chance to have a chat to others about the vision, share ideas and have a think about how we as a sector can take this food vision for Greater Manchester forward.

The evening will be a very informal get together and celebration of all things good food, with a glass of wine and nibbles and a chance to mingle and chat with others passionate about sustainable food.

If you would like to come along please can you RSVP to and she will pop you on the guest list. 

Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick Street, Ancoats, M4 7HR