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Give a Grapevine

November 2, 2016

Give a Grapevine

Join our vine lease scheme: 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 want personalised labels on your wine (eg. […]

Land for What?

November 2, 2016

Land for What?

Land For What? is a collaborative space for learning about and challenging the way land is owned, controlled and used in the UK and beyond. Land plays a central but unspoken role in our country today: widening inequality, a chronic housing crisis, dysfunctional food system, poor public health and impending climate disasters. This gathering will […]

October Open Day

October 12, 2016

October Open Day

World of Chillies Open Day Sunday 30 October, Hawkwood Nursery Celebrate the fiery taste of chillies with us at this month’s Hawkwood open day. Join in our seasonal blitz volunteer morning , take part in the forest school for children of all ages, or just enjoy good coffee and cake and a tour of this […]

Mushroom Cultivation

September 27, 2016

Mushroom Cultivation

Mycology and Mushrooms Mushrooms have been growing wild since prehistoric times. Their therapeutic value has been prized in numerous cultures, for thousands of years. In the past few decades, mushrooms have become even more popular for their therapeutic qualities in the west as a result of an expanding body of scientific research supporting their numerous […]

September Open Day

September 16, 2016

September Open Day

Open Day and Plant Sale Sunday 25 September, Hawkwood Nursery As the seasons roll around it’s another Hawkwood open day. We have salad plants for sale for growing over winter, and our apple press is available for anyone to bring their apples and make juice. And grape growers are invited to join the community wine […]

Courses

September 2, 2016

Courses

Community Wine

August 29, 2016

Community Wine

The Community Wine Making Scheme invites local grape growers to bring their harvest to our Hawkwood Winery to be made into wine for your domestic consumption. We make two batches of wine from all the grapes delivered – a red and a white, and return the finished wine in bottle to the participating growers. Now […]

Forest School

August 29, 2016

Forest School

Forest School opportunities starting Thursday 22 September and Friday 23 September in Chingford An amazing opportunity for early-years learning and play, and the chance to try out den building, fire lighting and using tools. Thursday sessions at Organiclea’s market garden and woodland site. Friday sessions at the Hornbeam Learning Lodge (Pimp Hall Nature Reserve) in […]

Mushroom Cultivation

August 28, 2016

Mushroom Cultivation

Mycology and Mushrooms Mushrooms have been growing wild since prehistoric times. Their therapeutic value has been prized in numerous cultures, for thousands of years. In the past few decades, mushrooms have become even more popular for their therapeutic qualities in the west as a result of an expanding body of scientific research supporting their numerous […]

Wind Turbine Course

August 26, 2016

Wind Turbine Course

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October 2016, 9am-5pm We are excited once again 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 […]

Cultivate Festival

August 18, 2016

Cultivate Festival

It’s harvest time – and time for the Cultivate Festival’s Autumn Season. Lots of events and activities which Organiclea is taking part in, from 3-11 September.

Open Day Plant Sale

August 15, 2016

Open Day Plant Sale

Open Day and Plant Sale Sunday 28 August, Hawkwood Nursery This month’s open day is celebrating the wonderful biodiversity of our Hawkwood growing site and the Lea valley more widely. We hope to get friendly with moths; there will be a tour of the site with wildlife experts Lea Valley Nature Photographers;  a pollinator plant […]

Seasonal Blitz

July 25, 2016

Seasonal Blitz

Seasonal Blitz and Open Day Sunday 31 July, Hawkwood Nursery New this month: we know some people are keen to volunteer but can only make weekends, so we’re happy to announce the launch of our Seasonal Blitz Morningz, and the first is from 10-1 on Sunday 31 July. Please arrive at 9.45 so all can start […]

Near Wild Haven

July 19, 2016

Near Wild Haven

It’s July already! The season has seemed a muddled blur of weather and temperature. Yet the dandelion clock is never slow, and often the plants are less confused than we are. Here at Hawkwood, everything about us sings “Summertime”, from the swelling tree fruit to the blushing tomatoes, the stretching beans to the bolting rocket. […]

Learn about Bees

June 29, 2016

Learn about Bees

Sustainable Beekeeping course 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 beekeeping. The first day of the course will take a look at the fascinating world of the honeybee, introducing key […]

Flower Power

June 21, 2016

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 […]

June Open Day

June 20, 2016

June Open Day

Open Day, Sunday 26 June, 12-4pm, Hawkwood Nursery This month’s open day features the launch of our special Barbed Wit rhubarb beer made by the East London Brewing Company. Ruaridh from the brewery joined our grower Ru to harvest the ru-barb… it’s also our annual tribute to the poet John Clare, and we are joined […]

Learn about fruit

June 6, 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 […]

Compost Giveaway

May 20, 2016

Compost Giveaway

Open Day, Sunday 29 May, 12-4pm, Hawkwood Nursery The open day comes round again with another opportunity to buy plants for your garden, get free compost, eat good cake and more! This month’s seasonal horticultural task is planting out, come along to a workshop to get tips and advice on giving your plants a good […]

Mushroom Cultivation

May 5, 2016

Mushroom Cultivation

Mycology and Mushrooms Mushrooms have been growing wild since prehistoric times. Their therapeutic value has been prized in numerous cultures, for thousands of years. In the past few decades, mushrooms have become even more popular for their therapeutic qualities in the west as a result of an expanding body of scientific research supporting their numerous […]

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 […]