Do you want to be a farmer?

Sustain member The Kindling Trust is holding a range of events to help people transition from small scale food growing to commercial farming. It is part of a national push to create more jobs in growing UK fruit and veg.

Seedlings. Photo credit: Kaboompics

Seedlings. Photo credit: Kaboompics

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. In Greater Manchester the Kindling Trust is working to do just that, making fresh organic veg available to communities, and encouraging new people into growing as a viable career option.

The Kindling Trust’s FarmStart programme is aimed at people who are not from a farming family, to whom the industry can seem inaccessible. The course offers an affordable opportunity to train as an organic grower. It can be described as a ‘farm incubator’ - enabling prospective farmers to experience growing on a commercial scale in a supported environment before going it alone. The course will start in January 2019 and run throughout the year in Stockport, two days a week.

They are also holding a Q&A session on 10 September 6.30pm @ Bridge 5 Mill, 22A Beswick Street and a Commercial Growers Course on 6, 7, 20 and 28 October.

Sustain campaigns for a food and farming policy which benefits the environment, health, animals and farmers.


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