Trainee Roles 2015
January Open Day

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 […]

Learn about bees

January 16, 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 […]

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 […]

About the size of it

September 3, 2014

About the size of it

We seem to be coming to an end: leaves are turning to glow in the cucumber cool of morning, and at the day’s close that pure gold light passes through us, heading for the other side. Even looking back, it is hard to get the measure of summer. It comes in all sorts of sizes: […]

Plants for winter

August 22, 2014

Plants for winter

Sunday 31 August 2014, 12-4pm at Hawkwood Nursery This month we’re preparing for the winter growing season with a winter salads plant sale – buy seedlings now (only £3 for 10 salad plugs) which will keep your garden and your plate green over the coming cold months! And excitingly a new café venture too run […]

Sunshine and Pain

July 28, 2014

Sunshine and Pain

I entered into food politics when I began to get an inkling of the crashing waves of hurt involved in feeding people. Now, as a food producer, I believe more than ever that there can be no justification for the suffering inherent in factory farming. I also accept that, for farmer and farmed, there has […]

Learn about Bees

July 23, 2014

Learn about Bees

An Introduction to Sustainable Beekeeping Sunday 21 September at Hawkwood Nursery 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 impact our Beekeeping practices are having on the health of the honeybee. We will look at […]

Herbal open day

July 22, 2014

Herbal open day

Our next Open Day is Sunday 27 July 12-4pm at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery, this month with a herbal theme. We will be celebrating the medicinal uses of wild plants and launching a range of Organiclea herbal teas from plants foraged and grown around the site. We’ll be joined by herbalists who will guide us […]

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 20 September and Saturday 27 September, 9.30am-5.30pm This is a two day course. 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 tools are applicable to all aspects of our lives. This two day […]

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 […]