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

September Open Day

Sunday 27 September, 12-4pm

Bring family, friends, neighbours, even surplus garden fruits are welcome!
*Get food plants for your winter garden
The plugs are now plants and we’ve potted them on – your final chance for winter greens! Plants available to grow NOW include LEAFY GREENS – kale and spinach; SALADS – such as winter lettuces, rocket, mustards, endives; HERBS – parsley and chervil; and COMPANION FLOWERS – calendula, sweet pea, winter pansies. All will be for sale ith our growers on hand with tips to share. We will also have fruit plants for sale as part of:

*Community Fruit Sunday – throughout the Open Day there will be a special focus on fruit.
– apples and pears – we’re offering our press for anyone who wants to bring their own apples and pears to press and take home a share of the juice. Bring bottles
– grapes – it’s a collection day for the Community Wine Scheme – bring your grapes to add them to this year’s vintage! All the details of how to take part are here. Join in the great crushing of the black grapes, and collect your wine from last year’s grape contributions
– orchards – find out about our plans for promoting more fruit trees around the borough
– site tour – see the Hawkwood site through a fruity lens

In addition to these special seasonal opportunities, the day hosts our regular:
*12-3pm: Forest school – activities and free play for children of all ages. Children under 6 must be accompanied. Spaces are limited so please email londonforestschool@gmail.com
*Lunch, coffee/tea and cake stall
*Hawkwood produce market stall
*’Learn by doing’: Work in the market gardens for an hour on a seasonal task with one of our growers – ask them all your questions over a spade or trowel!

At this Open Day, we’re looking forward to welcoming the Challenge Team of young people who for the past months have been leading on a local campaign. With Organiclea’s support they’re raising awareness about problems of the current food system and providing inspiration for positive alternatives. The campaign’s finale is part of September’s Open Day. Come and meet them and hear their take of things – we’re really impressed by their work.

— And just come visit for some free-time in green space with growing plants; as written in our September grower’s blog: “This week, the supersonic speed of growth and ripening is gently easing with the diminishing light and temperatures. Full sized specimens no longer appear overnight. We have the measure of the crops and we know we have homes for them. We have caught the dropping fruit.” .. read more here.

Directions to our Hawkwood site including bus, rail and river-cycle routes are here.


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