Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

FarmStart seeks sustainable growers

According to the Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, which launched in Parliament earlier in the summer, an additional two million tonnes of fruit and veg is required to feed the UK’s growing population, yet less than 1% of the UK’s agricultural area is used for producing it.

Via its new FarmStart initiative, The Kindling Trust is seeking to boost Greater Manchester’s local food and farming output by making fresh organic vegetables available to communities, and encouraging new people into growing as a viable career option.

The new programme offers an affordable for people opportunity to train as an organic grower and enables prospective farmers to experience growing on a commercial scale in a supported environment before going it alone. 

If you live the Greater Manchester area and are interested in trying your hand at farming, get in touch with the Kindling Trust. They recommend attending the 'Do you want to be a farmer?' session taking place on 10 September at 6.30pm to find out more and hear from the FarmStarters. You can then apply for the four day intensive commercial organic growers course which is being held over three weekends in October. 

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