Do you want to be a grower?
Being an organic grower is an incredibly fulfilling job, nourishing people and planet. It can also be fraught with risk, underpaid and incredibly hard work. Kindling wants to help more people join a new generation of sustainable food growers.
So if you're interested in a career in growing but not ready to launch yourself into it full-time, you can spend a growing season honing your veg growing skills and learn about the business aspects of horticulture with Kindling’s year-long FarmStart programme at Woodbank Nursery, Stockport.
The Woodbank programme is for people who want to focus on increasing their commercial scale growing experience and skills before taking on the additional challenge of setting up their own growing business. The programme involves classroom training covering the key topics for commercial scale organic growing – ranging from building and maintaining soil health, to managing pests and diseases in an organic system to crop planning for a commercial scale.
Kindling will also get you thinking about the other side of running your own business, from pricing to book keeping to working with volunteers. You then get to put all this into practice by working alongside an experienced grower in the field for the year. This is not only to help you learn more about growing, but to give you a realistic experience of life as a commercial grower, to help you decide if this is for you.