The Kindling Trust – a double bill of sustainable food talks on Tue 27 February
More than medicine: social prescribing, food growing and healthy cooking At Warehouse 8, Guildhall Road, HU1 1HJ , 2pm –4pm, Tue 27 February
‘Igniting the local food movement and increasing local production’ At the Zoo Café, 80B Newland Avenue, HU5 3AB, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Tue 27 February
These talks are hosted by Hull Sustainable Food City with Chis Walsh, founder member of the Kindling Trust www.kindling.org.uk.
The Trust, based in Manchester and surrounding areas, has been working since 2007 for a just and ecologically sustainable society. Working with communities, farmers, activists and policy makers, the Kindling Trust use food as a catalyst for environmental and social change.
The Kindling Trust have been involved in setting up a range of projects related to sustainable farming including a Farm Start project, Veg Box people, Manchester Veg people, a land army and a social prescribing research project based at an urban horticulture hub that joins up inclusive community gardening with commercial organic food production.
Both talks are free and open to all. See below for details of what each talk will cover
More than medicine: social prescribing, food growing and healthy cooking
At Warehouse 8, Guildhall Road, HU1 1HJ , 2pm –4pm on Tue 27 February
In spring 2017, Kindling set up an innovative social prescribing pilot on the outskirts of Stockport on a one and a half acrefood growing site called Woodbank nursery, previously a council plant nursery run by the council parks department and now home to an urban horticulture hub which includes a commercial market garden, a Farmstart training programme and a training for beekeepers.
In 2017 the site is also home to an innovative pilot scheme, working with Stockport GP’s to test out the effectiveness of prescribing more than just medicine. Kindling are helping local doctors trial ‘social prescribing’ – referring patients for healthy veg, cookery classes and gentle exercise in the form of gardening, instead of relying solely on medicine – in the hope that this might be a more effective way to alleviate some mild to moderate health conditions.
It feels like a given to all of us that gardening, hanging out with other people and eating fresh food is good for you, but this pilot is aiming to prove it and put it on record. Kindling are testing its impact on a range of wellbeing indicators – blood tests before and at the end of the programme will establish whether there’s been an improvement in blood sugar and cholesterol levels, whilst the rather academically named Warwick-Edingburgh Mental Well-Being Survey (or WEWMBS for short) will evaluate the project’s success in improving mental wellbeing.
Chris Walsh, will be talking about how the project was set up and the learning so far.
‘Igniting the local food movement and increasing local production’
At the Zoo Café, 80B Newland Avenue, HU5 3AB, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, 27th of February
Join us to learn about the potential direction Hull’s food system can take, what is happening locally and how you can get involved. There will inspiring talks by the Kindling trust and Frith Farm.
Chris Walsh will be explaining how the Kindling Trust set up a range of projects related to sustainable farming in Greater Manchester including a Farm Start project, Veg Box people, Manchester Veg people, a land army and the positive results this has had on their local food system.
Ben Allwood, director of Frith Farm (www.frithfarming.com), a community supported agriculture scheme on the outskirts of Beverley will be talking about the work of the farm so far, it’s aspirations and the launch of their new trainee grower scheme.
The evening talk will be followed by a discussion and vegetarian food.
To confirm your attendance or more information about Hull Sustainable Food City Contact Bryony MacFadyen, Hull Sustainable Food City Partnership Co-ordinator 07712321413 firstname.lastname@example.org