Feeding Manchester #6

FeedingManchester #6 was held on Wednesday 16th March at the Yard Theatre in Hulme, with thirty-odd groups, individuals & businesses from across Greater Manchester.
Again, there was a great mix of attendees: from Manchester Museum to Bolton Wholefood Coop, from Manchester Slow Food group to Salford's St Sebastian Community Centre as well as regulars like Hulme Community Garden Centre, Unicorn Grocery and Food Futures.

We had hoped sustainable food projects from Newcastle were going to visit and give us a presentation about there work, but this wasn't possible, which gave us more time to network and hear more about each others' projects and aspirations for the next six months.

FeedingManchester events are a regular opportunity to network, share and plan a sustainable food system for the city and this time we only had half a day, so we focused on two practical projects which will collectively enhance Greater Manchester's sustainable food movement.

One workshop focused on the FeedingManchester website. Matt gave us a quick presentation of the site and the opportunities it offered. We then had a crash course in uploading information about our groups and events. There has also been a Publicity steering group established, which will work on an official launch for the site.
The second session focused on developing a Land Army for Greater Manchester, we looked at issues like attracting volunteers, rewarding and retaining them, the training opportunities available and pitfalls to avoid.

Kindling found the afternoon really informative and we came away with a clearer need for the Land Army and ideas for progressing the FeedingManchester website, so we'd like to thank everyone again for attending.

The agenda for the day can be accessed here.

The notes from the Land Army discussion can be accessed here.