Spring 2015: Commercial Organic Growers Course

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 alex@kindling.org.uk or ask for Alex or Helen on 0161 226 2242.


For more information visit The Kindling Trust website: http://kindling.org.uk/Growing_Training