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October Open Day

October 10, 2014

October Open Day

This month’s open day is a more unusual event as we also launch an OrganicLea book: “Seedlings from the Smoke: Musings of an urban market gardener” and celebrate our chilli fire power: *12 noon: Seasonal workshop introducing the ‘World of Chillies’. For all you hot-heads, our annual round-up of the now 43 varieties of chillies […]

Apple Day 11 October

October 1, 2014

Apple Day 11 October

It’s definitely apple season… so Saturday 11 October sees the amazing annual Apple Day at Vestry House Museum. This year it’s raising funds for Eat or Heat food bank scheme as well as the Museum gardens. Donation £1 for adults, children go free. Highlights include: Apples to taste and buy, apple pressing, apple bobbing, apple […]

Juicing Open Day

September 22, 2014

Juicing Open Day

Hawkwood Open Day Sunday 28 September, 12-4pm This month’s open day at Hawkwood Nursery has a fruity focus as we open our doors for grapes, apples and pears to come in as well as offering salad plants out and sending our chillies on tour. * Plants for winter – come and get plants to fill […]

Community wine

September 20, 2014

Community wine

London grape growers invited to join Community Wine Making Scheme Do you grow grapes in your garden or allotment that you would like to have made into a clean and pleasant tasting wine? If so, then we invite you to deliver your harvested grapes to our Hawkwood Winery this autumn. The Winery will combine all […]

Box scheme – New pick up times

September 16, 2014

Box scheme – New pick up times

There’s a change of delivery route! We are having a little change around to our route, to make it more efficient and easy, taking into account traffic in the area and potential new pick up points. Ru K our wonderful box transport co-ordinator has been busy beavering away developing this new route for us, which […]

Course: Introduction to the Honeybee

September 15, 2014

Course: Introduction to the Honeybee

An Introduction to the Honeybee Sunday, October 12th 2014 Hawkwood Plant Nursery, Chingford People are becoming increasingly aware of the issues around honeybees and their ecological importance. We all know they pollinate our fruits and vegetables but do we know the difference between and queen and a worker? Or what a swarm is? This is […]

About the size of it

September 3, 2014

About the size of it

We seem to be coming to an end: leaves are turning to glow in the cucumber cool of morning, and at the day’s close that pure gold light passes through us, heading for the other side. Even looking back, it is hard to get the measure of summer. It comes in all sorts of sizes: […]

Plants for winter

August 22, 2014

Plants for winter

Sunday 31 August 2014, 12-4pm at Hawkwood Nursery This month we’re preparing for the winter growing season with a winter salads plant sale – buy seedlings now (only £3 for 10 salad plugs) which will keep your garden and your plate green over the coming cold months! And excitingly a new café venture too run […]

Sunshine and Pain

July 28, 2014

Sunshine and Pain

I entered into food politics when I began to get an inkling of the crashing waves of hurt involved in feeding people. Now, as a food producer, I believe more than ever that there can be no justification for the suffering inherent in factory farming. I also accept that, for farmer and farmed, there has […]

Learn about Bees

July 23, 2014

Learn about Bees

An Introduction to Sustainable Beekeeping Sunday 21 September at Hawkwood Nursery People are becoming increasingly aware of the issues around honeybees and their ecological importance. We all know they pollinate our fruits and vegetables but do we know the impact our Beekeeping practices are having on the health of the honeybee. We will look at […]

Herbal open day

July 22, 2014

Herbal open day

Our next Open Day is Sunday 27 July 12-4pm at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery, this month with a herbal theme. We will be celebrating the medicinal uses of wild plants and launching a range of Organiclea herbal teas from plants foraged and grown around the site. We’ll be joined by herbalists who will guide us […]

Paul Robeson Sings

June 30, 2014

Paul Robeson Sings

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans”, quoth John Lennon. Summer is life, a high note singing on a breeze: the Longest Day happens quickly. This year, we marked this midsummer moment with a Permaculture Introduction course and gathering at Dial House, an autonomous space that reappears on numerous branches […]

June open day

June 20, 2014

June open day

This month’s open day is a midsummer special with many reasons to celebrate! * We’re celebrating the life and work of the ‘peasant poet’ John Clare who lived and wrote in Epping Forest – read below for more details of this inspirational figure * It’s strawberry time, and we have a pick your own strawberry […]

Pruning Fruit

May 15, 2014

Pruning Fruit

Pruning and training fruit trees and bushes Sunday 13 July, 9.30am-5pm This one day course for beginners and more experienced gardeners covers the essentials of pruning fruit trees and bushes and how to establish trained forms. It includes plenty of practical experience in summer pruning with techniques that can be applied in winter too. The […]

Intro to Permaculture

May 14, 2014

Intro to Permaculture

Saturday 20 September and Saturday 27 September, 9.30am-5.30pm This is a two day course. Permaculture is a design approach for living more lightly on the planet, rooted in an understanding of nature’s patterns and cycles. Although often associated with gardening, its insights and tools are applicable to all aspects of our lives. This two day […]

Compost Giveaway

May 14, 2014

Compost Giveaway

Hawkwood Open Day & Plant Sale Sunday 25 May, 12-4pm This month’s open day features a big plant sale, a compost giveaway and a special ‘all about Organiclea’ site tour, as well as a seasonal horticultural task, Dr Bike session and the Forest School. More details below and we hope to see you there! Plant […]

Spinach and more

May 5, 2014

Spinach and more

Next week’s full moon is, in the Native American lunar lexicon, the “Planting Moon” or “Flower Moon”, denoting the time when, for overwintered plants, there is a seismic shift in balance: from spring’s leafy lush energy rush, to May days’ more power to the flower. Indeed, it’s cheers and cheerio to the last of the […]

Wine Revived

April 26, 2014

Wine Revived

Steve Tippell, the Walthamstow film maker, has released his mini-documentary about Organiclea’s community wine making scheme.

April Open Day

April 22, 2014

April Open Day

Sunday 27th April, 12-4pm at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery ALL DAY- Plant stall and free Dr Bike workshop 12-1.30 seasonal gardening task, weeding: the way of the hoe and the trowel 1.30-2 lunch, soup available for a donation or bring a picnic 2-3.30 Agro-ecology skill share, this will take the format of a site tour […]

Buy Food Plants

April 10, 2014

Buy Food Plants

The glasshouse at Hawkwood Nursery is filling up with healthy strong seedlings just waiting to find a good home in the soil… Our season of plant sales is upon us. Get a helping hand with your growing this season!

Learn about Bees

April 2, 2014

Learn about Bees

Introduction to the Honeybee Sunday 11th May 9.30am-5.30pm This one day course will take a look at the fascinating world of the honeybee, introducing key concepts in their biology and ecology. People are becoming increasingly aware of the issues around honeybees and their ecological importance. We all know they pollinate our fruits and vegetables but […]

March Open Day

March 26, 2014

March Open Day

Sunday 30 March at Hawkwood, 12-4pm This month our open day marks the culmination of the Cultivate Festival – an opportune moment to get out there and get growing as the season begins. 12-1pm Introductory workshop on sustainable beekeeping All day Seasonal horticultural tasks – get planting! All day Plant stall, focus on fruit and […]

Festival time

March 17, 2014

Festival time

Organiclea are happy to be a part of Cultivate, Waltham Forest’s first urban food growing festival. Between 21st and 30th March, Waltham Forest will see  over 50 events, including a conference, food-a-fair and gardener’s question time take place as part of its Cultivate Waltham Forest food growing festival this Spring.

Buddy Scheme

March 7, 2014

Buddy Scheme

Organiclea is looking for volunteer support gardeners at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery to ‘buddy’ other volunteers who have higher support needs. Explore the idea of ‘people care’ in a horticultural setting. Organiclea is looking for volunteer buddies to support others to grow food and participate in activities at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery. People are at […]

Spring Events

March 2, 2014

Spring Events

Organiclea are joining with the Community Food Growers Network – a London-based group of community food growing projects – on a series of spring events: 6th March:  MIPIM Action: ‘London is Not for Sale’ – Demonstration outside London City Hall against the world’s biggest property fair, where our cities and our land are up for sale. Bring […]

New from Old

February 28, 2014

New from Old

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”  – Arundhati Roy  This week the smell of spring is unmistakable. A mild surprise, as there’s not been a “real” winter. There’s been plenty of weather alright, but that’s not quite the same thing. We’ve […]

Trainee Roles 2014

February 7, 2014

Trainee Roles 2014

We’re looking for 9 people to fill our unique trainee roles for the 2014 growing season. Each role will take on a specific area of responsibility and develop specific skills and experience in community food growing, community outreach work, local food distribution and horticulture training. These roles are aimed at people who want to develop […]

February Open Day

February 6, 2014

February Open Day

Sunday 23 February at Hawkwood, 12-4pm This month’s open day involves landscaping activity around our site away from the vegetable crops: planting ornamental native trees and shrubs, and creating ‘dead hedges’. Come and help us manage our beautiful and biodiverse site. 12-1pm Tree planting and dead hedging, also continues after lunch 1-2pm Lunch, with soup […]