A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

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 mic session. In addition there will be a series of workshops  throughout the day, delicious savoury and sweet treats and coffee, a bargain end of season plant sale and the forest school. All welcome.
Plant sale (12-4pm) E verything must go… bargain plants with gardeners on hand for last-minute seasonal advice and problem solving!
Refreshments (12-4pm) Coffee, teas and cake along with lunch catering using fresh produce sourced straight from earth to table.
Farm stall (12-4pm) A special stall with produce from Hawkwood, from our Walthamstow and Leytonstone street stalls and from other Community Food Growers across north London!

Forest school (12-3pm) Activities and free play for children of all ages. Children under 6 must be accompanied. Spaces are limited so please email londonforestschool@gmail.com

10 year salad rotation skill-share (12-1.30pm) Ru from Organiclea will lead a session on considerations for designing a salad rotation leading into a practical task on the Hawkwood salad terrace.

Wholesome Food Association workshop (1-1.30pm) Established in 1999, the Wholesome Food Association is a network of growers, processors, suppliers and distributors of authentic, locally-grown, wholesome food. Our ethos is based on affordability, good growing practice, trust and common sense. Come and talk to Tess of the WFA to find out more and see if the WFA is right for you.

Lunch (1.30-2.15pm) Bring a packed lunch or buy from our pop-up cafe

Introduction to the Community Food Growers Network (2-2.30pm) A short discussion about why and how the network of community gardens works, how to get involved and future plans.

John Clare site tour (2.30pm) A tour of the 12 acre site around the orchard, bee hives, salad terrace, greenhouse, vineyard with a John Clare twist! John Clare was a 19th century poet who has the acclaim of “the greatest labouring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self” (Jonathan Bate).

Slam poetry/open mic session (3-4pm) Bring a poem to share if you fancy!

Directions to our Hawkwood site here.

We look forward to seeing you!


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