Back in May we told you we were working with our local partners in Wythenshawe to develop new proposals to BIG Lottery’s Communities Living Sustainably programme. We’re delighted to say that the proposal was successful and the Wythenshawe partnership has been awarded £1 million to develop Real Food Wythenshawe – an ambitious five-year programme to engage and excite the people of Wythenshawe in growing and cooking fresh, sustainable food. The programme will reach as far across the community as possible and act as an exemplar for food projects in the 21st Century – exploring innovative indoor food growing systems and stimulating discussion around sustainable urban food production. We’re proud that conversations started at MIF 2011 were the catalyst for this new campaign – especially as the investment received from BIG Lottery is the largest amount ever awarded within Greater Manchester for a community project of this kind. We can’t wait to see how plans proceed and wish our partners every success as they take these ideas forward.
In the meantime, the next Manchester International Festival is fast approaching (4-21 July 2013) and we remain committed to creating sustainable food systems. We’ve been busily developing our plans and are delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with the Biospheric Foundation on The Biospheric Project. Part farm, part laboratory and part research centre, The Biospheric Project will see a mill on the banks of the River Irwell in Salford transformed from a derelict industrial site into a thriving agricultural space, with innovative growing systems all around the building. A programme of related events, including special activities and visits for schools and families, will bring the research to life, exploring how these experiments into food, technology and design can become new ways of urban living now and in the future.
To keep up to date with all the latest developments visit our website.