August Open Day 21st August 2015
Wind Turbine Course 21st August 2015

Yoga & gong

August 21, 2015

Yoga & gong

Saturday 5 September, 10am-2pm Connect with nature and connect with yourself on this one day workshop led by Organiclea vineyard trainee Ashley and yoga teacher Ali. The workshop is a fundraiser to help buy a new press for the increasing harvest of grapes. Starting with a wander around the site exploring its workings and wildlife, there […]

New traineeship

August 20, 2015

New traineeship

Organiclea are recruiting for a new Assisting Learning traineeship for someone wanting to gain experience in supporting horticultural training. The post will support Organiclea tutors delivering our City & Guilds, Level 2 Horticulture course for adults in partnership with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service. The placements will deliver weekly practical gardening sessions, assessments and support […]

High Summer

August 19, 2015

High Summer

When, in 2003, we brought out our Fruits of the Forest report, proposing a local food scheme for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, it might have been filed, close to News From Nowhere, under “Local Interest/ Utopian Fiction”. Some time ago it was relocated to Non-Fiction, the space it vacated providing a brief resting […]

Pick our Leaves!

August 11, 2015

Pick our Leaves!

This week BBC news has reported on the first salad grown and eaten in space. To be honest we’re much more excited about watching the natural phenomenon of the Perseid meteor shower and we are certain the space leaves aren’t as tasty as Organiclea’s! Which is a good nudge to say please do nominate us […]

Why Organic?

July 29, 2015

Why Organic?

 An Evening of Tasting and Talking Thursday 6 August, 7-9pm, at the Hornbeam Café Join Organiclea and the Community Food Growers’ Network for an evening workshop to explore some of the complex issues around community food growing and organic food production. Why is it important to grow using organic methods? What’s the big difference between […]

A Rare Vintage

July 27, 2015

A Rare Vintage

“It is a curious fact that men shaped by poor soils, like vines in similar conditions, have a more stimulating, finer “flavour” than the members of rich soil communities” – Edward Hyams, Soil & Civilisation The entrance to Hawkwood Nursery could be described as grand: you take a turning off Hawkwood Crescent, E4, and the […]

July Open Day

July 17, 2015

July Open Day

The Herbal Open Day Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 26 July, 12-4pm Gardening activity 12-2pm, herb harvest (of calendula, borage, lemon balm and lemon verbena) Lunch 1-2pm, bring a packed lunch or buy delicious, seasonal fare here Site tour and herb workshop 2-3.30pm, a walk around the site looking at useful and medicinal wild and cultivated herbs […]

Learn about fruit

June 29, 2015

Learn 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 […]

Job Opportunities

June 22, 2015

Job Opportunities

Organiclea is recruiting for two posts – a Farmstart Coordinator and a Vineyard Worker. Vineyard Worker Following the successful planting of a vineyard and establishment of a winery at our Hawkwood growing site, Organiclea is seeking a person to join us for a training/enterprise opportunity. Working alongside Marko Bojcun for an initial 6 months, the […]

John Clare Day

June 20, 2015

John Clare Day

June Open Day, CFGN Summer Gathering and John Clare celebration Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 28 June, 12-4pm This month’s open day is a special one as we are hosting the Community Food Grower’s Network Summer Gathering as well as our annual celebration of locally-connected poet John Clare, including a John Clare site tour and an open […]

Plants In The Way

June 8, 2015

Plants In The Way

And they’re off! The garden has updated its status to “In Full Swing”. On the days our watering cans and compost bays are half empty, this means our beds lie a mess of winning weeds; when they’re half full, the crops advance to the foreground, brimming with vitality and the promise of imminent abundance: this […]

Flower Power

May 27, 2015

Flower Power

Sometimes nothing says it like flowers, but it’s also not easy sourcing bouquets that aren’t produced industrially with pesticides, grown on prime food growing land in the tropics, by people with poor working conditions, then flown long distance, with all the pollution and carbon release that entails. At Organiclea’s Hawkwood site, we grow flowers as […]

May Open Day

May 26, 2015

May Open Day

Spring lecture, compost and plants Hawkwood Open Day, Sunday 31 May This year’s Spring lecture and site-tour comment will be shared with Jojo Tulloh, author of ‘The Modern Peasant: Adventures in City Food’, inspiring in its demand for a more just food system written with poetry and passion for this work that connects people with […]

Learn about bees

May 20, 2015

Learn about bees

Sustainable Beekeeping course: Saturday 1 August and Sunday 2 August 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 […]

All about fruit

April 30, 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 […]

The Year of the Blossom

April 29, 2015

The Year of the Blossom

They’re calling it “The Year Of The Blossom”, in hyperbolic fashion typical of the media makers. To be fair though, if anything on this earth has proven itself worthy of headline-grabbing hyperbole, it has to be the Spring Show. This April, the perfect match of dry warm days and cold nights has given us living […]

People care in community gardening

April 21, 2015

People care in community gardening

Organiclea Buddy Scheme 2015 Organiclea is looking for volunteer support gardeners at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery to ‘buddy’ other volunteers who have higher support needs. In it’s third year, Organiclea’s Buddy Scheme trains volunteers to support others to participate in volunteering at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery. This year buddies will be offered the opportunity to […]

April Open Day & Compost Giveaway

April 15, 2015

April Open Day & Compost Giveaway

Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 26 April, 5am and 12-4pm This month’s open day has an additional element for early risers: come and listen to the amazing dawn chorus on this forest edge, with expert guidance from wildlife photographer David Cottridge. Tea and coffee on offer and then we encourage you to go for a walk (or […]

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 […]