Compost Giveaway 20th May 2016
Mushroom Cultivation 05th May 2016

The Asparagus Rush

April 22, 2016

The Asparagus Rush

“ The harvest team were assembling, as ever, on Tuesday morning. “So, are we mining?”, asks Vi. “Yes, we’re mining”. Alok, one of our Salad Starters, might be wondering if there’d been a terrible misunderstanding when he applied for the role. No one had mentioned anything about excavating the earth for mineral deposits, up until […]

Open Day Plant Sale

April 12, 2016

Open Day Plant Sale

Open Day, Sunday 24 April, 12-4pm, Hawkwood Nursery This month’s Open Day sees our first plant sale of the season. We have popular favourites such as tomatoes, squash, courgettes – plants that are hard to get started without a greenhouse, and our growers can offer advice and aftercare tips. We have a whole range of […]

People’s Food Fair

April 8, 2016

People’s Food Fair

The People’s Food Fair On Saturday 16 April join us at the Hornbeam Cafe and Community Centre in Walthamstow to sample great produce and find out more about why local food systems matter. From 11am til 3pm there’ll be food stalls, family-friendly activities and games, practical activities and workshops. Who makes the food that we […]

Job Opportunity

April 5, 2016

Job Opportunity

OrganicLea are recruiting for the role of Community Food Movement Builder! The role of community food movement builder involves maximising OrganicLea’s potential to inspire wider social change towards social and environmental justice! The focus of the role is on building skills, knowledge and passion for grass-roots change in the food system through awareness raising, movement […]

Buddy Scheme

April 4, 2016

Buddy Scheme

Peoplecare in Community Gardening: Organiclea is looking for volunteer support gardeners at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery to ‘buddy’ other volunteers who have higher support needs. In its fourth year, Organiclea’s Buddy Scheme trains volunteers to support others to participate in volunteering at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery. Organiclea is growing people as well as plants and […]

Learn about fruit

March 21, 2016

Learn about fruit

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 July 2016, 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 […]

Seeds & Spuds

March 18, 2016

Seeds & Spuds

Open Day, Sunday 26 March, 12-4pm, Hawkwood Nursery This Open Day falls on Easter Sunday so we’re celebrating with (egg-shaped) potatoes, and the fertility of the seed. Bring your seeds to swap, pick up some potatoes ready to go in the ground (potato planting is traditionally a Good Friday activity but it can stretch over […]

Food Rebels on Film

March 16, 2016

Food Rebels on Film

We were very pleased to take part in a film series called Food Rebels, part of the Real Food Revolution strand which screened on the Community Channel. Funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and produced by the Media Trust, the six episodes highlight food projects which are shaking up the system, from new ways of growing […]

Family Herb Group

March 16, 2016

Family Herb Group

New Parent and Child Herb Group starting on 21 April Explore, harvest and learn about native herbs of the Lea Valley in a monthly session with local herbal enthusiasts, Susanna and Tree at OrganicLea’s Hawkwood site. Learn about medicinal herbs and their properties, harvest them for teas and make your own remedies to take home. […]

Plant Sale Season

March 8, 2016

Plant Sale Season

The 2016 growing season is here! We can help you get growing with our food plants

Job Opportunity

March 1, 2016

Job Opportunity

OrganicLea is recruiting! Do you share a passion for developing and delivering a sustainable community food enterprise? Can you combine strategic development with day to day operational delivery? Are you excited by spreadsheets and strategy as well as produce and people? We are looking for someone to join our distribution team – working to grow […]

Cultivate 2016

March 1, 2016

Cultivate 2016

Organiclea are happy once again to be part of Cultivate, Waltham Forest’s urban food growing festival. This year the programme kicks off from 5-13 March with resources and advice for growers, then culminates in an Autumn Season of events celebrating the harvest, 3-11 September. Some festival highlights this spring include: Network Event – Forming a […]

Learn about Bees

March 1, 2016

Learn about Bees

Sustainable Beekeeping courses We are running two weekend courses this season. Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May 2016, 10 am-5.30 pm both days. Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 2016, 10 am-5.30 pm both days. This course is for anyone from beginners to experienced beekeepers who are interested in learning about more sustainable methods of […]

Making Gardens Grow

March 1, 2016

Making Gardens Grow

“All those long shadows, Your joy and pride Was making the gardens grow again” – Robb Johnson, Making The Gardens Grow The darkest hour comes before the dawn, they say. Just as we skid into Spring, a thud of wintry weather has stilled wind and time, so we sow our first seeds whilst frost lays […]

Food Growing Skills

February 19, 2016

Food Growing Skills

We are running a Level 1 City and Guilds course in food growing skills at Organiclea’s Hawkwood site: 6 week course starting Friday 26 February 2016, 10.30-4.30 (holiday on Friday 25 March). These details are correct! During the 6 weeks you will be given confidence to sow and get growing. This includes getting to grips […]

February Open Day

February 17, 2016

February Open Day

Sunday 28 February: Nowhere Somewhere This Open Day celebrates our affinity with the ecotopian ideals of Waltham Forest local William Morris. For the last few months Organiclea volunteer and artist filmmaker Rosalind Fowler, the William Morris Gallery’s current artist in residence, has been creating some of her residency work at our Hawkwood Nursery site. Inspired […]

Trainee roles

February 5, 2016

Trainee roles

We’re looking for 8 people to fill 8 unique trainee roles for 2016. Each role will take on a specific area of responsibility and develop specific skills and experience in community food growing, local food distribution, infrastructure and supporting volunteers. These roles are aimed at people who want to develop skills to make a livelihood […]

Job opportunity

January 22, 2016

Job opportunity

Gardens for All enterprise development & admin role: Support and develop a new garden maintenance enterprise Be part of developing a new workers’ cooperative! Gardens for All emerged from an Organiclea project to provide training and work opportunities to volunteers wanting to develop a career in garden maintenance. It is now a collective of self-employed […]

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 […]