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.
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)
Six Community-focused growing projects came together for the first Strong Roots training day in late May (2010) to explore ways of making their food growing projects more sustainable and meet others who share their passion for their communities and are facing similar challenges & opportunities.
Groups who attended included Friends of Platt Fields Park, Manchester Methodist Housing Group, Victoria House (a homeless project), Crumpsall & Cheetham Model Allotment as well as Children and Families Services in Wythensawe.
As part of Growing Manchester, Kindling carried out a on Monday 26th April for a select group of community growing projects included Abundance Manchester and Manchester Drugs Service's Waterloo Project. Growing Manchester invited a small number of applicants to attend the pilot to provide feedback and suggestions to help refine and improve the workshop for its official launch on Wednesday 26th May.
Kindling's Helen Woodcock gave a ten-minute talk at the May 2010 Making Local Food Work Conference entitled: Making Local Food Work for Manchester, introducing the work of The Kindling Trust and explaining the purpose of projects like FeedingManchester.
Helen also joined a discussion panel answering questions from the audience, alongside Rob Squires of Groundwork's Target: Wellbeing and the ever passionate: Kath Dalmeny of Sustain.
Growing Manchester is a new programme to support community growing projects in the city to become more sustainable in the long term and covers a wide range of issues such as maintaining soil fertility, your legal responsibilities, micro-trading and involving more people. The Programme offers a unique package of support including:
Kindling has secured Heritage Lottery support of around £40,000 to support its food heritage project: Forgotten Fields.
The project focuses on the heritage of food production and availability in Manchester from 1750’s to present day. It concentrates on six communities from across Greater Manchester that have expressed a need to explore a particular food heritage.
Kindling has secured financial support to explore opportunities to increase 'low-carbon' food in Manchester via school meals, complimenting the city's Climate Change Action Plan, Manchester; A Certain Future.
Over a weekend in March 2010, Kindling in partnership with Abundance Manchester and OTAGS ran an introductory course on Apple Grafting (cutting & combining a shoot of one tree to the rootstock of another and binding them together until they grow into each other).
The following gallery gives a simple introduction to apple grafting with photos from the Sunday course at Parrswood Rural Education Centre kindly run by Adam Davies.
As part of the FeedingManchester events we have collectively been working on a definition of sustainable food. This is to ensure that any future action to green Manchester addresses our unsustainable food system, as well as being the foundation for the growing sustainable food movement in Greater Manchester.