Job opportunity 22nd February 2017
February Open Day 17th February 2017

Trainee Roles

February 7, 2017

Trainee Roles

We’re looking for 8 people to fill our trainee roles for 2017. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Organiclea community and to take on a specific area of learning and responsibility in community food growing, local food distribution, and infrastructure work. These roles are aimed at people who want to develop […]

Salad Starter Roles

January 21, 2017

Salad Starter Roles

Salad Starter: Two Enterprise Start-Up Placements We grow organic produce at Hawkwood, our 12 acre community market garden and plant nursery, and distribute it to our own market stalls, box scheme and local restaurants. In 2016 we produced over 2.3 tonnes of salad leaves, featuring 107 different varieties of leaf. We believe that more food […]

January Open Day

January 20, 2017

January Open Day

Sunday 29 January, Hawkwood Nursery A focus on birdlife for this month’s open day. Seasonal Blitz morning: our weeekend volunteering opportunity, join us at 9.45 for a 10am-1pm session. We advise sturdy shoes and you are welcome to stay for the Hawkwood monthly Open Day afterwards. Please do let us know in advance if you’d like […]

Our Box Scheme

January 16, 2017

Our Box Scheme

A new film about Organiclea’s Box Scheme. Find out all the scheme details here

Forest School

December 14, 2016

Forest School

Forest School opportunities starting Thursday 12 and Friday 13 January 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 Chingford, […]

Karnataka solidarity

December 3, 2016

Karnataka solidarity

Volunteers and workers at OrganicLea took part in an international solidarity action with farmers from Karnataka, India, who are facing huge struggles due to drought and climate change. The farmers are asking the government to write off farmers’ loans just as loans to billionaire Vijay Mallya, chairman of mega-corporation UB Group. On Wednesday over 100 […]

November Open Day

November 9, 2016

November Open Day

Sunday 27 November, Hawkwood Nursery This month our open day hosts the secret life of plants told through puppetry: a tufted grass, an Adder’s Tongue Fern and the Walthamstow Yellow Cress tell their stories through ballads, commentary and puppetry. The Mysteries in a Box is a Walthamstow Mysteries production that puts urban plants on the […]

Give a Grapevine

November 2, 2016

Give a Grapevine

  Join the vine lease scheme: lease a grapevine in our vineyard and receive the wine from your very own vine!   By leasing a grapevine in the Hawkwood Vineyard, you will receive a certificate and a welcome letter, the opportunity to come along and help with the pruning and harvest, and, of course, the […]

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 […]