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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 […]

All about fruit

January 29, 2014

All about fruit

Saturday & Sunday 1 – 2 March 2014, 9.30am-3.30pm 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 […]

Outside Inside

January 29, 2014

Outside Inside

“When a great ship is in harbour and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But…that is not what great ships are built for” – Clarissa Estes

Tree Felling Open Day

January 17, 2014

Tree Felling Open Day

Sunday 26th January at Hawkwood, 12-4pm This month woodsperson and green woodworker Adrian Leaman (see his work here www.wholewoods.co.uk) joins us for our Open Day. He’ll be demonstrating and teaching tree felling using hand tools, come and help us manage our woodland habitat. 12-1pm Tree felling, also continues after lunch 1-2pm Lunch, with soup available […]

Red As Any Blood

January 3, 2014

Red As Any Blood

As autumn falls to winter, the quality of the rich low light and fiery tree leaves is utter consolation. In the veg garden, it is the “radicchio” types of chicory that do this job, and sometimes more. For, with every drop of temperature the foliage ignites further from anonymous green to striking scarlet, crimson, pinks […]

Salad days

December 6, 2013

Salad days

Tea towels for sale Salad fans celebrate with us. Following the success of our salad poster we commissioned a tea towel. It’s also a visual way of letting you know ‘what’s in your salad’. It’s printed with environmentally friendly ink on fair-trade organic cotton woven by a women’s cooperative in Kerala. The price is £8.50 […]

Xmas Stocking

December 6, 2013

Xmas Stocking

Pre-Orders for Christmas on the Market Stalls To help you & to help us we can take pre-orders for Saturday 21st December which we will pre-pack for you to collect from 11.30am on the market stalls. If you would like to pre-order please fill out an order sheet (Xmas 2013 Stalls Customer Pre-order) and return […]

All about fruit

December 2, 2013

All about fruit

Saturday & Sunday 1 – 2 March 2014, 9.30am-3.30pm 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 […]

Grow your own wine

December 2, 2013

Grow your own wine

Saturday 25 January 2014, 9.30am-4pm A one day course that will look at everything to do with growing grape vines, from their planting, and growth training, propagating new plants and specific pruning essentials. The course will be based at the Hawkwood growing site, and will involve practical work and demonstrations in the newly-established vineyard as […]

Of Mice & Then Some

October 30, 2013

Of Mice & Then Some

“For nitrates are not the land…and…carbon is not the man…he is much, much more; and the land is much more than its analysis. The man who is more than his chemistry, walking on the earth, turning his ploughpoint for a stone, dropping his handles to slide over an outcropping, kneeling in the earth to eat […]

Forest Open Day

October 22, 2013

Forest Open Day

Open day, Sunday 27th October 12-4pm This month’s open day focuses on trees and the biodiversity of the Hawkwood site. We’ll be building wildlife habitats in the orchard and juicing apples that have been scrumped from all over the borough. We’re inviting everyone who’s adopted a fruit tree(*) at Hawkwood to join us this Sunday […]

Job opportunities

October 18, 2013

Job opportunities

Organiclea is recruiting… Do you share a passion for getting local organic food onto local people’s plates? If you can deliver on logistics whilst making time to support the skills and learning development of others, read on! We are currently recruiting two new posts for our growing weekly box scheme which distributes locally grown fruit […]

Hunters & Gatherers

October 15, 2013

Hunters & Gatherers

Our last Open Day was two weeks, but  a whole season ago. On a still, warm day, Marco welcomed and pressed the gathering grapes as the audience pressed in;  Vi worked wonders on the winter pant stall; whilst inside the building the “World of Chillies” workshop spun round again. This year, it featured a live […]

Plants to Market

October 2, 2013

Plants to Market

If you want your food garden to stay green over the cold winter months, come along to the Hornbeam or Leytonstone market stalls on the next couple of Saturdays to pick up some bargain winter plants. There will be a selection of plants from mustards, rockets, mizuna, chicory, chards, spinach, endive, kales, coriander, French sorrel, […]

Sarvari Potato More

September 25, 2013

Sarvari Potato More

Friday the thirteenth’s “Harvest of Stories” felt a fitting way to round off the summer. A public feast in the glasshouse, where it was exactly warm enough to sit for an evening. Although the changes had been rung on some of the beds, where mere glints of winter salad plants are making the first small […]

Chilli Celebration

September 19, 2013

Chilli Celebration

Come for some ‘Fire Power’ as the dark hours overtake the daylight! Join us on Sunday 29 September for our annual Hawkwood chilli fiesta and to get prep for your own winter salad bowl. 2pm: Celebrate the world of chillies – with tastings, stories, sauces and growing tips. The Hawkwood chilli collection is growing each […]

Grow to learn

September 4, 2013

Grow to learn

City and Guilds Level 1 Award: Practical Horticultural Skills Fridays, 10am-1pm Starting Friday 27 September for 10 weeks (half term Friday 1 November) Fee: £104 / £56 / Free for JSA claimants (with £40 certification fee for all) To register call Adult Learning Waltham Forest on 020 8496 2974; quote course code HNP3456-5PA This course […]

Leafy Green Celery

September 3, 2013

Leafy Green Celery

Every year we find ourselves with abundance of leafy green celery. It is different from your supermarket white crunchy stuff which has been bred to look like blanched celery where growers would traditionally mound up the soil around the plant to remove light and photosynthesis from the stem (leaving it white). We grow a traditional […]

Job opportunity

September 2, 2013

Job opportunity

Enterprise and employment link worker *Do you share a passion for the wide-ranging benefits of local food production and outdoor work? *Are you motivated by seeing people’s horizons broaden as they engage in meaningful activity ? *Do you enjoy putting into practice ideas that support people to achieve goals linked to employment and the development […]

Community wine

August 21, 2013

Community wine

A Community Wine Making Scheme for London Gardeners Do you grow grapes in your garden or allotment that you would like to have made into a clean and pleasant tasting wine? We are inviting you to bring your harvested grapes to the NEW Hawkwood Winery this autumn. The first winery in London since the Middle […]

Salad sale open day

August 21, 2013

Salad sale open day

Join us this Sunday at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery for an open day and winter salad plant sale. We love winter salads, they are packed with vitamins and minerals for fighting winter illnesses and in the depths of winter their green leaves are a reminder of the growing season to come. On Sunday we will […]

Pick of the pickles

August 21, 2013

Pick of the pickles

I’ve just returned from my summer travels. I say this matter-of-factly, yet it has been some ten years since I took a week’s break during this, the height of the season. But so profficient have the Hawkwood team, and its “Plants & Production” nucleus of Gary, Vi, Aimee, Jonny, Mary and Hannah become, that I […]