We are Manchester Urban Diggers (MUD).
We established MUD in 2019 in response to a growing demand for our services across Manchester and beyond. We are dedicated to finding solutions to the problems with our local food systems. This includes; advocating for food sovereignty, being a member of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network, providing educational services and growing fruit, vegetables and herbs to make available to the local community. We always use organic growing methods and improve local biodiversity and soil health wherever we grow.
We are a non profit social enterprise and any money that we make goes towards developing our projects, providing free services and events for the community and creating employment opportunities for our volunteers. We have a range of projects that you can find out about on our projects page and we offer a wide range of services for the public and private sector. We love to collaborate, so please contact us if you'd like to work together.
Meet the Diggers
Mike has a background in community gardening, youth work and graphic design so takes the lead on our branding and marketing, volunteer coordination and helps with project management, garden design, growing and general infrastructure development.
Jo has a background in horticulture, hospitality, environmental activism and sustainable agriculture so takes the lead on project design and management, growing, workshop delivery, events and community outreach.
Sam has a background in horticulture, environmentalism, physics and systems design. He takes the lead on our Veg Box Scheme, financial management, infrastructure development, backend systems design and helps with growing and project management.
One of our objectives as a Community Interest Company (CIC) is to become a sustainable business that can provide free services to those who need it most. To achieve this, we have a diverse range of income that includes the sale of produce and services as well as receiving funding from a variety of organisations. We also accept and receive donations; these have included groundworks, donations of materials and tools and money. Eventually we would like to create a business that can support itself, but so far our funders and contributors have been a lifeline and we could not provide the valuable community work we do without them. So a big massive MUD thanks goes out to the following:
We are always looking for donations to help sustain and improve our projects, at the same time re-using and recycling. We'll take kitchen waste and coffee grounds to feed our compost, unwanted seeds and plants, cuttings from your garden or tools you no longer use. We'll even take cold hard cash.
Please contact us to arrange a collection or pop down to one of our projects with your donation.