Feeding Manchester #8

FeedingManchester #8 took inspiration from a spectrum of sustainable food pioneers from local guerilla gardeners to Incredible Edible Todmorden, to the campaign to stop global food speculation.

Along with the usual mix of socialising and networking the event offered something for everyone involved in Greater Manchester's sustainable food movement.

The agenda included a discussion about the recent Manchester Food & Drink Festival, what we collectively focus on next and invited inspiration from across the world for our Sustainable Food projects with the following presentations:

  1. The global Campaign against Food Speculation. World Development Movement.
  2. Sustainable Food Systems – Inspiration from Spain. Helen Woodcock, Kindling Trust.
  3. Community Food Growing. Mary Clear from Incredible Edible Todmorden
  4. The New Diggers Reclaiming the Land. Ashton Allotment Action.

The second part of the evening involved us breaking into three groups discussing:

  • Campaigning for a sustainable food system – connecting local and global issues.

  • Co-operative food businesses to feed our City.

  • Increasing access to growing land in our communities.

Attendees ranged from the University of Manchester and academics from Lancaster and Sheffield Universities; voluntary groups like Transition Town Groups, Operation Farm & Abundance Manchester and businesses like Unicorn Grocery, with over forty people attending.

People came from Bolton, Aston Under Lyne, New Mills, Broadbottom and even London!

Click below for the powerpoint presentations.

The global Campaign against Food Speculation.

Sustainable Food Systems

Community Food Growing