The land at Glebelands has now been passed on to Dan of Glebelands Organic Produce. For any questions about Glebelands City Growers, you can still get in touch with Charlotte or Adam via the Contact page.
The site at Glebelands, and much of the surrounding area, was used to grow vegetables at the turn of the 19th century. The combination of flat, sandy loam soil , and close proximity to the expanding city made it an ideal location, and supported many small market garden sites in this period.
The land was managed by Glebelands City Growers from 2009 until 2021. We developed standardized beds of 50ft by 2.5ft, using intensive cropping methods in combination with low-till cultivation. We focussed on maximising output whilst preserving the quality and structure of the soil. We cultivated the land using hand tools specific to small scale market garden production. All plants were either raised here by hand, from seed, or sown directly into the ground. Planting, harvesting and packing were also done entirely by hand.
We specialised in a range of about twenty crops. You can still find produce from the land at Unicorn Grocery, in weekly boxes supplied by Veg Box People and at restaurants and caterers around the city through Manchester Veg People.