Kindling Trust‘s Chris Walsh talks about last year and next.
What was your biggest achievement in 2013?
We had many achievements in 2013 including beginning the UK’s first FarmStart project and helping Manchester Veg People with a successful CrowdFunding campaign. But I think the achievement that we are most excited about is working in partnership with Stockport Council to secure funding to help Stockport become a Sustainable Food City.
If you could go back to the beginning of the year and give yourself one warning/piece of advice, what would it be?
Just carry-on. Don’t get distracted by organisation who say they are going to do something new. Just continue to work with our partners who are continuing to work hard to deliver proven solutions and real benefits to the residents of Manchester.
What have you got planned for 2014, and how can people get involved in what you do.
There are some very exciting developments with regard to sustainable food procurement and we believe a number of public institutions are going to start buying directly from local farmers – which has huge potential to reduce the city’s carbon emissions and develop a resilience regional food system.
We are also looking to increase the support we provide to local growers through our Land Army volunteer programme.
And in the Spring we will be launching a Greater Manchester Sustainable Food Strategy with everyone who has been attending the FeedingManchester gatherings.
So, people can get involved in a very practical way by joining the Land Army, by attending FeedingManchester events or by volunteering in our office with our team.
On behalf of The Kindling Trust.