As well as developing and working towards the long term vision of Kindling, an important part of what we do is to work on projects here in Greater Manchester, where most of us are currently based.
The eight projects we are presently prioritising are:
FeedingManchester - a series of events looking at practical and strategic ways to increase access to sustainable food in Greater Manchester.
FeedingManchester website - a website for all those that love food and want to eat sustainably. It provides extensive information about buying, growing, cooking, eating and loving local fresh produce for Greater Manchester.
Forgotten Fields - a collection of projects across Greater Manchester celebrating and learning from the region's food heritage.
Greater Manchester Land Army - an army of volunteers supporting local organic growers and farmers.
Manchester Veg People - co-operative of local organic farmers producing food for Greater Manchester plus the buyers they supply.
Sustainable Fayre - a project exploring opportunities to increase 'low-carbon' food in Greater Manchester via school meals.
FarmStart Abbey Ley & FarmStart Woodbank - FarmStart Abbey Ley was the UK's first incubator farm, aiming to grow to growers to feed Greater Manchester. A second FarmStart will open in 2016 on Woodbank Farm in Stockport.
Commercial Organic Horticulture Training - courses run by local growers, aimed at those wanting to move into a career in horticulture.
Past projects we have been involved with include:
Sustaining Change - a project run by MERCi to encourage and support Greater Manchester voluntary groups to become more sustainable.
The Time is Ripe - our pocket-sized seasonal food calendar.
Manchester Carbon Co-op - a renewable energy and energy efficiency co-operative set up to make low carbon technologies cheaper and simpler for households to buy.
The Big Dig -a nationwide project to engage over 10,000 people in community food-growing projects across England.