How would you like to be a co-owner of an organic farm, one that will demonstrate that it’s possible to grow food that benefits biodiversity? This is the offer from the Kindling Trust, a dynamic co-op that’s been helping to revolutionise food systems around Manchester since 2007.
Co-operative community investment in a sustainable organic farm
With its fingers seemingly in every organic veggie pie, Kindling Trust successfully runs a vast range of projects from organic veg box schemes to supporting local food growers.
In the latest step of its ambitious organic food journey, this spring Kindling bought a 31-hectare farm outside Liverpool for £1.7 million with the help of more than 600 community share investors.
Now it’s looking to raise an additional £400,000 of community investment to increase the number of co-owners and help reduce the size of their bank loan which will put them on an even stronger financial footing.
“The current food system is totally broken, and farming is responsible for 10% of our carbon emissions, as well contributing to the biodiversity crisis,” says Helen Woodcock, one of Kindling’s co-founders speaking to Ethical Consumer in the farm’s kitchen.
“Farming can be a solution and one of the easiest ways to reverse the biodiversity and climate crises is to buy organic and wildlife-friendly food,” adds Chris Walsh, the other Kindling co-founder.