This is a training opportunity from The Kindling Trust. You will be shown how to set up an organic food growing business, learning from the growers themselves. Starts this Spring - so hurry!
The Kindling Trust Kindling works towards a more sustainable food system for Greater Manchester and has set up a number of projects including Feeding Manchester, the Land Army, and FarmStart Manchester (an incubator farm for brand new growers)
The course covers the key areas for setting up and running a food growing enterprise, including:
• Running a food growing business (including finances, legal issues, record-keeping, Health & Safety, managing volunteers) and co-operative business models.
• Understanding and maintaining soil fertility.
• Small-scale market gardening – focusing on plant propagation and salad leaf production.
• Field-scale vegetable production, including pests and diseases and machinery maintenance.
The training will run on the following dates in 2015:
• Saturday 28th March
• Sunday 19th April
• Saturday 11th April
• Saturday 25th April
Anyone interested in becoming a commercial organic grower, who can commit to all the days of the course (including the two placements days), can apply for a place on the course. The fee for the course is £100 and you will need to cover your own transport costs to the sites (though car sharing can be organised with other participants).
Application Deadline: 5pm on Monday 9th March.
To request an application form please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask for Alex or Helen on 0161 226 2242.
For more information visit The Kindling Trust website: http://kindling.org.uk/Growing_Training