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Farmstart Network Exchange Visit - Kindling Trust

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Public event
Tuesday, October 1
at Farmstart Woodbank, Woodbank Memorial Park, Park Lane, Stockport, SK1 4JS
for new entrant farmers

Since 2007, Kindling Trust has been working for a just and ecologically sustainable society. Working with communities, farmers, activists and policy makers, they use food as a catalyst for environmental and social change. In addition to their Farmstart, they run a veg box, a wholesale veg operation, a community food hub, volunteer programme and a commercial growers course. The veg box scheme and wholesale are established as two independent co-ops but work closely together.
They have run two different models of Farmstart - the original model was the Abbey Leys site where people are given 1/8-1/4 acre of land on which to run their operation, but they found many people didn't have the experience to run their own operation. They then started the Woodbank site on which people spend two days a week growing alongside a grower who provides all the in-field training and takes all responsibility for the planning and selling of the produce. People can stay on the programme at Woodbank for up to 3 years, getting more involved in the crop planningetc., then move onto the Abbey Leys site (or find their own land), and can continue to receive mentoring from the FarmStart co-ordinator or from another experienced local grower.
The exchange visit will begin with lunch, followed by a farm tour and explanation of how the Farmstart operates. There will then be a chance to discuss the wider work of the Farmstart Network and feed into a conversation about what support people need and where we go from here. We are hoping to build on this discussion with a session at the Oxford Real Farming Conference in 2020.


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