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All about fruit

April 10, 2015

All 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 […]

Wind Turbine Course

March 31, 2015

Wind Turbine Course

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May 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 […]

Plant Sale Season

March 31, 2015

Plant Sale Season

The growing season is upon us and we are once again offering food plants for sale, hand raised in our glasshouse, strong and healthy and ready to compete with weeds and garden pests.

Blackthorn Winter…

March 29, 2015

Blackthorn Winter…

This week, we’ll be planting damson trees, one of them in the name of our son, Blake, now five months old. Our main fruit areas at Hawkwood: the Vineyard, Orchard, Cherry Bank, Raspberry Row, Quince Orchard, Entrance Field Espaliers and Mediterranean Fans: are all established, but need all the care and netting we can spare […]

“Cultivate” – Festival time

March 4, 2015

“Cultivate” –       Festival time

Organiclea are happy to be a part of Cultivate, Waltham Forest’s first urban food growing festival. Between 20 and 29 March, Waltham Forest will see see a full and varied programme of food tastings, cooking sessions, presentations, workshops and activities hosted by the many community groups and local businesses engaged in the food growing cycle. […]

March Open Day

March 3, 2015

March Open Day

Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 29 March, 12-4pm This month’s open day is part of the Cultivate Festival with a veritable feast of different activities, something for everyone! Take a look round our unique site and take part in shared work tasks and drop-in learning opportunities. Drop by at any time or stay for the day. We […]

Learn about bees

March 1, 2015

Learn about bees

Sustainable Beekeeping course: Saturday 21 March and Sunday 22 March 2015,10 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 beekeeping. The first day of the course will take a look at the fascinating world of the honeybee, introducing key […]

Big Green Book

February 18, 2015

Big Green Book

Organiclea’s book Seedlings From The Smoke is now available to buy online from The Big Green Bookshop, independent bookshop in Wood Green. More details about the book below. We come together for the fun of working with nature, and the serious matter of making a contribution to a better food system, a better world. In […]

Colin Tudge visit

February 11, 2015

Colin Tudge visit

February Open Day at Hawkwood with Colin Tudge Sunday 22 February, 12-4pm We are very happy to have Colin Tudge, biologist, journalist, zooologist and campaigner, joining us at Organiclea for our February Open Day. Colin is probably best known for his books The Secret Life of Trees, Good Food for Everyone Forever and Why Genes […]

We are recruiting

January 28, 2015

We are recruiting

Organiclea’s distribution work is growing rapidly but sustainably – connecting our produce from Hawkwood Plant Nursery and that of local farmers and growers with customers, restaurants and grocers across the borough and beyond. We are looking for someone to join us on this journey as we build sustainable and inspiring local food enterprises, distributing large […]

Trainee Roles 2015

January 23, 2015

Trainee Roles 2015

We’re looking for 10 people to fill our unique trainee roles for 2015. Each role will take on a specific area of responsibility and develop specific skills and experience in community food growing, local food distribution and horticulture training. These roles are aimed at people who want to develop skills to make a livelihood from […]

January Open Day

January 20, 2015

January Open Day

This month’s open day focuses on fruit trees – old and new. There will be a grafting workshop – learn more about this technique to create new trees. And a wassail orchard tour – join in this traditional celebration to toast the success of the fruit harvest to come. The wonderful Forest School will also […]

Growing grape vines

January 20, 2015

Growing grape vines

Growing and looking after grape vines Saturday 28 February, 9.30am – 4pm This one day course is for people who would like to grow grapes or who already grow them on a small scale. There will be practical work and demonstrations in the Hawkwood vineyard as well as classroom-based sessions on the following topics: the […]

Pruning Fruit

January 12, 2015

Pruning Fruit

Pruning and training fruit trees and bushes Saturday 14 February, 9.30am-5pm Love your fruit! This one day course for beginners and more experienced gardeners covers the essentials of pruning fruit trees and bushes. It includes plenty of practical experience in winter pruning with techniques that can be applied in summer too. The course will combine […]

Nursery Course

December 24, 2014

Nursery Course

Saturday 31 January and Sunday 1 February 2015, 9am-5.15pm We are excited to be hosting this acclaimed Nursery Course at our Hawkwood Nursery site. Learn how to establish your very own edible Plant Nursery on this weekend course. Propagating and raising your own plants is a great way to improve the self-sufficiency of any growing […]

First Wine on Sale

December 12, 2014

First Wine on Sale

Organiclea wines on sale now! Organiclea Community Red Wine: £10 A dry red wine made in from grapes grown sustainably in London by local growers in the Community Wine Making Scheme. The wine was made from grapes, organic wine yeast and Fair Trade organic sugar. Fermented, matured and bottled at our Hawkwood Winery. Blackberry and […]

Preorder your veg

December 8, 2014

Preorder your veg

Planning on cooking up a feast this festive season? Or need extra produce to make tasty treats to give away? Pre-order your fruit and veg to collect from our market stalls on the 20th of December. Fill in this form and return it to us by email, or on the market stalls before Monday the […]

Christmas timings

December 1, 2014

Christmas timings

It’s that time of the year again! We’ve spoken to our producers to schedule our Christmas and New year deliveries. Dates in December to look out for: Saturday 6 December: Our Food Works programme will be doing first market stall at Blackhorse Studios – come say hello! Saturday 13 December: our market stall at the […]

November Open Day

November 24, 2014

November Open Day

This month’s open day focuses on our trees – both the orchard fruit trees we have planted and the beautiful woodland surrounding us. Over the past five years we have planted more than 200 fruit and nut trees at Hawkwood, as well as protecting the existing established woodland spaces within our site. Our Adopt a […]

New Book!

November 7, 2014

New Book!

Seedlings From The Smoke A new Organiclea book: “a gardener’s diary like no other” We come together for the fun of working with nature, and the serious matter of making a contribution to a better food system, a better world. In 2009 Organiclea took on Hawkwood Nursery, glasshouses set in a 12 acre site on […]

Pruning Fruit

October 27, 2014

Pruning Fruit

Pruning and training fruit trees and bushes Saturday 29 November, 9.30am-5pm This one day course for beginners and more experienced gardeners covers the essentials of pruning fruit trees and bushes. It includes plenty of practical experience in winter pruning with techniques that can be applied in summer too. The course will combine classroom-based learning with […]

Chilli This Autumn

October 15, 2014

Chilli This Autumn

In Italy, there are the sagre: local fairs celebrating a particular food item: for instance, the Sagra Della Cipolla (onions) in Cannara, or the Fiesta del Radicchio Rossa di Treviso, honouring that town’s specific variety of chicory. Whilst a whole calendar of such food festivals may, to the English mind, come across as geeky and […]

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 […]