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

Herbal Open Day

Join us for a plant medicine-themed open day this month as we delve into the healing elements of Hawkwood’s growing site and explore the fluid edges between food and medicine. Hawkwood Herbals coordinator Theresa will update us about this expanding Organiclea project and with community herbalist Rasheeqa will lead the site tour sharing knowledge about the abundant wild and cultivated medicinal plants that support health alongside the seasonal produce that nourishes us, and the part they play in the Hawkwood ecosystems. As usual there’s also delicious lunch, coffee and cake served all day, and for kids there’s both a cook and eat opportunity and forest school.

Seasonal Blitz morning: our weekend 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. This month the focus is on summer plant care.

Kids Kitchen: fun ‘Garden to Plate’ cooking session for under 5s, to cook delicious food together! Join us at 9.45 for a 10am-12pm session. £4, includes lunch. Booking essential – more details here or go straight to booking form here.

Open Day (12-4pm)

All afternoon (12 – 4) Delicious lunch prepared by our trainee Ximena who also cooks and trains with Made in Hackney and Hackney Grower’s Kitchen. Cakes from the Hornbeam cafe and a Hawkwood beverage team will steam up lattes and our own herbal tea blends! Our farm stall has Hawkwood produce including salad, jams, pickles, vinegars and herbal teas for sale.

12pm Site tour with a herbal focus led by Theresa and Rasheeqa

2pm Workshop: tea tasting with a seasonal plant and tincture making with Peach Leaf from the Hawkwood trees! Bring a jar.

12-3pm PlayfulLea Forest School – a drop-in family learning session offering outdoor play and holistic learning for children and families. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please email hello[at]playfullea.org.uk with the name and age of your children if you plan to attend, so we have an idea of numbers. There is no charge for this session.

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

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