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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 5 July and Saturday 12 July, 9.30am-5.30pm This is a two day course. Also running in September: Saturday 20 September and Saturday 27 September, 9.30am-5.30pm 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]