The Kindling Trust: Creating a virtuous food economy

Fixing our broken food system has never been more important, for both sustainability and health outcomes. But challenging the industrial model is not easy, as Clare Goff found out ‘In Manchester there’s lots of talk about sustainability but it’s never embedded’, says Chris Walsh, a co-founder of The Kindling Trust. ‘The city is obsessed with inward investment and very traditional economic growth which eclipses all else.’ Eight years ago he and co-founder Helen Woodcock decided to challenge mainstream thinking with a project aimed at embedding food sustainability within the region. While many local food projects tackle one aspect of sustainability – creating more supply, or building demand – the Kindling Trust tries to impact all stages of the supply chain. ‘You can’t just intervene in one place as that just moves the problem along’, says Walsh. ‘If you tackle the issue of access to land, then the next problem is … (To read more, subscribe below)

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Clare Goff

Clare Goff

Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine

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  • jeannie buckingham

    Dear Clare,
    Good article and good to see promotion of local food production – urban food security and supporting smaller producers get started is excellent.
    The ‘Land Workers Alliance’ http://www.landworkersalliance.org.uk and ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ are also actively seeking to bring together local food producers by sharing expertise and support.
    Rebecca Laughton (LWA) is another person who I would recommend to you, as someone who has considerable expertise in growing food in small plots of land and how growers need to bring data to the table – Rebecca is surveying yield/acre across the membership to highlight sustainable growing against big farmings ‘sustainable (?!) intensification…
    Thanks for the article!
    Jeannie

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