Trainee roles 05th February 2016
Job opportunity 22nd January 2016

January Open Day

January 21, 2016

January Open Day

Sunday 31 January – Learn more about birds Enjoy the Hawkwood site through binoculars to learn more about woodland and garden birds from local enthusiasts: Organiclea is really pleased to be working alongside Lee Valley Nature Photographers’ (LVNP) membership who know the landscape of local birds incredibly well. At this Open Day, to celebrate the […]

Salad Start Roles

January 15, 2016

Salad Start Roles

Salad Starter: Two Enterprise Start-Up Placements We grow organic produce at Hawkwood, our 12 acre community market garden and plant nursery, and distribute it to our own market stalls, box scheme and local restaurants. In 2015 we produced over 1.7 tonnes of salad leaves, featuring 97 different varieties of leaf. We believe that more food […]

Seed to Seed Event

January 15, 2016

Seed to Seed Event

On Friday 5th of February, OrganicLea will host a special event around seed saving –  the ancient art of producing your own seeds. Seed saving allows you to do far more than to save on the expense of buying in seeds. If you save your own seed, you become a seed breeder. Someone who adapts […]

Look Back Entangled

December 22, 2015

Look Back Entangled

Cumulatively, gardeners spend five years of their lives entangling and disentangling hosepipes, wire, string. At least that’s one estimate (mine), not exactly based on a statistically valid methodology, but extensively peer-reviewed. Reviewed by many a supportive volunteer as I utter it from within a giant quadruple-knotted web of despair at the futility of it all. […]

Saving Seed

December 21, 2015

Saving Seed

At OrganicLea, we try to save as many of our own seeds as we can. Seedsaving is the ancient art of producing your own seeds, which allows you to do far more than to save on the expense of buying seeds in. If you save your own seed, you become a seed breeder. Someone who […]

Forest School

December 20, 2015

Forest School

The Hawkwood Forest School has provided an amazing opportunity over the last year or two for early-years learning and play, and the chance to try out den building, fire lighting and using tools. From January as well as the Hawkwood Thursday sessions there will also be sessions at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve on Fridays. Another […]

Give a Grapevine

December 10, 2015

Give a Grapevine

New vine lease scheme We have a new scheme, where you can lease a grapevine in our vineyard and receive the wine from your very own vine! If you would like to give a vine as a gift, we can email you a certificate and welcome letter to give to the recipient, and if you […]

November Open Day

November 18, 2015

November Open Day

Seeds, saplings and forest foraging: November Open Day at Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 29 November 12-4pm This month’s open day has a focus on the woodland around us, with a foraging walk and a hunt for acorns and saplings to create new trees. Meanwhile a seed-saving workshop shares skills in creating new plant life in a […]

Nowhere Somewhere

November 11, 2015

Nowhere Somewhere

Making Nowhere Somewhere:  Rosalind Fowler, William Morris Gallery artist in residence 2015 We are delighted that Organiclea volunteer and artist filmmaker Rosalind Fowler has been selected as the William Morris Gallery’s next artist in residence, and will be creating some of her residency work at our Hawkwood Nursery site. Inspired by News from Nowhere, William […]

Heroes of the Waste

November 10, 2015

Heroes of the Waste

The eleventh hour approaches. There will be a high level of interest and debate as to the colour of flowers, namely poppies. Hues include not just red for the British Legion, but also white for peace; and our local community textiles organisation Significant Seams are stitching green ones for mental health, and purple for the […]

Job Opportunity

October 19, 2015

Job Opportunity

Organiclea is recruiting for a Vineyard and Winery Worker. Following the successful planting of a vineyard and establishment of a winery at our Hawkwood growing site, Organiclea is seeking a person to join us for a training/enterprise opportunity. With initial support from Marko Bojcun, the Vineyard Worker will be responsible for the cultivation of grapes […]

Forest School

October 16, 2015

Forest School

 Hawkwood Woodland School  Forest School for 3 – 6 year olds. Another 6 week course is taking place at the beautiful Hawkwood Nursery site. Running every Thursday from 12 November 2015 (12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 3 Dec, 10 Dec, 17 Dec) Choose from the following groups – Thursday Morning 10.30am to 12pm OR […]

Open Day: 1 Nov

October 16, 2015

Open Day: 1 Nov

For the first time in seven years, our regular Sunday open day will not be on the last Sunday of the month, but the following Sunday, i.e. Sunday 1 November. A significant number of Organiclea’s team are heading to Yorkshire for a UK Food Sovereignty Gathering, so we have decided to nudge our Open Day […]

A Ballad to Salad

September 30, 2015

A Ballad to Salad

This week, we again find ourselves in the finals of the Urban Food Awards, run by SUSTAIN’s Jellied Eel, the essential journal of ethical eating. A change of format this year sees the award categories based on product, so there’s recognition for the best cheese, sausage, beer, bread; whilst growers’ interest will be focused on […]

September Open Day

September 21, 2015

September Open Day

Sunday 27 September, 12-4pm Bring family, friends, neighbours, even surplus garden fruits are welcome! *Get food plants for your winter garden The plugs are now plants and we’ve potted them on – your final chance for winter greens! Plants available to grow NOW include LEAFY GREENS – kale and spinach; SALADS – such as winter […]

Community wine

September 5, 2015

Community wine

The Community Wine Making Scheme invites local grape growers to bring their harvest to our Hawkwood Winery to be made into wine for your domestic consumption. We make two batches of wine from all the grapes delivered – a red and a white, and return the finished wine in bottle to the participating growers. Now […]

Wind Turbine Course

August 21, 2015

Wind Turbine Course

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October 2015, 9am-5pm We are excited to be hosting this practical fun course from V3 Power at our Hawkwood Nursery site. Learn how to build and install a Hugh Piggott wind turbine from scratch using basic materials. Learn about on-grid and off-grid electrical systems, and get hands-on experience and learn […]

Yoga & gong

August 21, 2015

Yoga & gong

Saturday 5 September, 10am-2pm Connect with nature and connect with yourself on this one day workshop led by Organiclea vineyard trainee Ashley and yoga teacher Ali. The workshop is a fundraiser to help buy a new press for the increasing harvest of grapes. Starting with a wander around the site exploring its workings and wildlife, there […]

August Open Day

August 20, 2015

August Open Day

Sunday 30 August, 12-4pm Get ready for the winter growing season with our winter salads plant sale – choose from our entire range of winter salads and leafy greens, as well as green manures, companion flowers and fruit bushes. Seedlings (£3 for 10 salad plugs) which will keep your garden and your plate green over […]

New traineeship

August 20, 2015

New traineeship

Organiclea are recruiting for a new Assisting Learning traineeship for someone wanting to gain experience in supporting horticultural training. The post will support Organiclea tutors delivering our City & Guilds, Level 2 Horticulture course for adults in partnership with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service. The placements will deliver weekly practical gardening sessions, assessments and support […]

High Summer

August 19, 2015

High Summer

When, in 2003, we brought out our Fruits of the Forest report, proposing a local food scheme for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, it might have been filed, close to News From Nowhere, under “Local Interest/ Utopian Fiction”. Some time ago it was relocated to Non-Fiction, the space it vacated providing a brief resting […]

Pick our Leaves!

August 11, 2015

Pick our Leaves!

This week BBC news has reported on the first salad grown and eaten in space. To be honest we’re much more excited about watching the natural phenomenon of the Perseid meteor shower and we are certain the space leaves aren’t as tasty as Organiclea’s! Which is a good nudge to say please do nominate us […]

Why Organic?

July 29, 2015

Why Organic?

 An Evening of Tasting and Talking Thursday 6 August, 7-9pm, at the Hornbeam Café Join Organiclea and the Community Food Growers’ Network for an evening workshop to explore some of the complex issues around community food growing and organic food production. Why is it important to grow using organic methods? What’s the big difference between […]

A Rare Vintage

July 27, 2015

A Rare Vintage

“It is a curious fact that men shaped by poor soils, like vines in similar conditions, have a more stimulating, finer “flavour” than the members of rich soil communities” – Edward Hyams, Soil & Civilisation The entrance to Hawkwood Nursery could be described as grand: you take a turning off Hawkwood Crescent, E4, and the […]

July Open Day

July 17, 2015

July Open Day

The Herbal Open Day Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 26 July, 12-4pm Gardening activity 12-2pm, herb harvest (of calendula, borage, lemon balm and lemon verbena) Lunch 1-2pm, bring a packed lunch or buy delicious, seasonal fare here Site tour and herb workshop 2-3.30pm, a walk around the site looking at useful and medicinal wild and cultivated herbs […]

Learn about fruit

June 29, 2015

Learn about fruit

Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 July 2015, 9.30am-5pm The essentials of pruning and growing fruit trees and bushes: a weekend course for beginner and experienced gardeners who have (or would like) fruit trees and bushes and would like to know how to properly establish and maintain them. This course seeks to build skills and knowledge […]

Job Opportunities

June 22, 2015

Job Opportunities

Organiclea is recruiting for two posts – a Farmstart Coordinator and a Vineyard Worker. Vineyard Worker Following the successful planting of a vineyard and establishment of a winery at our Hawkwood growing site, Organiclea is seeking a person to join us for a training/enterprise opportunity. Working alongside Marko Bojcun for an initial 6 months, the […]

John Clare Day

June 20, 2015

John Clare Day

June Open Day, CFGN Summer Gathering and John Clare celebration Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 28 June, 12-4pm This month’s open day is a special one as we are hosting the Community Food Grower’s Network Summer Gathering as well as our annual celebration of locally-connected poet John Clare, including a John Clare site tour and an open […]