This website was conceived after sustainable food groups and businesses from across Greater Manchester came together in the summer of 2009 to explore ways of overcoming the many challenges of creating a more sustainable food system for our City. At the meeting it became clear that a 'one-stop-shop' for Greater Manchester's sustainable food movement would be an invaluable tool.
The Kindling Trust took on the role of developing (in consulation with others) a website which aimed to link up and promote the businesses and organisations working towards a more sustainable food system, and to provide information and discussion forums about sustainable food issues.
In early 2011 the site went live and was officially launched in May 2011, creating the most extensive database of progressive food initiatives and businesses in the region.
... and we need you to make it even better!
While it is already pretty amazing, this website still has some way to go before it is as useful as it could be. The information on the site is mainly information we have been able to gather from public sources. To create a resource that shows the full range of sustainable food activity in our City, we need you to fill in your information, and to ask others to do the same. The site is also reliant on each organisation updating their information on a regular basis so that it stays as relevant as possible.
Turning ideas from the Feeding Manchester Conferences into action.
June 2009 saw the first in a series of Feeding Manchester events, looking at practical and strategic ways to increase access to sustainable food in Greater Manchester. The events, involving sustainable food practitioners (growers, buyers etc.), are focused on partnership working and practical solutions. For more information about these gatherings as well as notes, minutes and presentations from previous conferences please visit the Feeding Manchester section of the Kindling Trust's website.
How the money was spent:
In the Autumn of 2010, with funding of £4,500 secured, the Kindling Trust began building the site with designers: Circle Interactive. The funding was spent in the following way (backed up with a huge amount of voluntary labour):
Design of logo and website theme (Circle Interactive) - £1,200
2 years hosting on Virtual Private Server (CSNM) - £431.76
Website and database development and creation; collation of information on practitioners; data entry and content (Kindling) - £1,500
CiviCRM customisation to allow projects to belong to more than 1 sub-group category (CiviCRM) - £1,050
Promotional materials for the site - £250
Production of brief training materials for content authors - £100
A big thank you to our Supporters.
The Kindling Trust has created this website as a 'one-stop shop' for the sustainable food movement in Greater Manchester after securing support from Making Local Food Work (MLFW) & Manchester's Food Futures. We are indebted not only to our funders, but to Circle Interactive our designers, and individuals at Kindling - especially Matt Fawcett, who have worked extremely hard to create a website we can all be proud of.
Say it loud...
We're very proud of the sustainable food movement here in Manchester, if you're proud too, shout it loud!
We've made this logo, that anyone listed in the directory can display on there website or publicity. Get the code to add to your site, or get the print version so people can see that we are all part of something much bigger!
Interested in doing something like this site in your city?
This site is made using free, opensource software and we are very keen for other groups around the country to take the work we've done as a template for other cities. If you are interested please do get in touch.
If you'd like to feature FeedingManchester in your publication, please find high resolution images, logos, artwork and press releases here.