June 2009 saw the first in a series of FeedingManchester events, looking at practical and strategic ways to increase access to sustainable food in Greater Manchester. The events involving local food practitioners (growers, buyers etc.), are focused on partnership working and practical solutions, and aim to:
1) Bring together the growing number of enterprises & groups in Greater Manchester who are working on, providing and/or interested in sustainable food issues.
2) Identify obstacles to people sourcing/providing sustainable food, and solutions to those obstacles.
The present economic model of production is unsustainable, both ecologically and socially speaking. The majority of our food is produced through chemical and often intensive agricultural systems, shown, through wide research, to be linked to problems with soil depletion, decreasing biodiversity levels, water pollution, animal welfare issues, consumer health issues and climate change. On a global scale the production of cheap products are further linked to land rights issues, deforestation, extreme poverty and global conflict.
On February the 14th, 2009 we launched our pocket-sized seasonal food calendar "The Time is Ripe", produced with the support of the Local Food Fund. The guide and accompanying website aimed to make the process of shopping for locally produced, seasonal fruit and vegetables easier. Alongside the seasonal food calendar are details of where to buy local, seasonal veg in Manchester, as well as tips on selection and storage. The calendar is distributed via a number of outlets such as local grocers and community groups.
Sieben Linden (Seven Limes in English) is an eco-village in the heart of Germany. It is home to over a hundred and twenty people and is an inspiring example of sustainable living. Established in 1997 it has been growing steadily with the aim of housing 250-300 residents.
Chris visited the village in July 2010 as part of a permaculture design course and returned with photos, stories and information to inform Kindling's development.
We are going for a fundamentally different format for this event, with Hulme Community Garden Centre hosting us in their garden and polytunnel: FeedingManchester #4 starts at 4.00pm with workshops, followed by food and refreshments at 6.30pm, proceeding with discussion groups and a bar opening at 7.30. The event will finish at 9.30pm.
The aim of FeedingManchester #4 is to:
1. Update each other with our news and progress since the last FeedingManchester in February (2010)