Organiclea is formally constituted as a workers’ cooperative, with its activities managed by the workers directly. We also have a variety of volunteering opportunities, income generating schemes for other local growers and apprenticeship schemes and a wide range of training opportunities.
Listed here are the current opportunities and ways of getting involved:
Training opportunities – Supporting food growers and community gardens
We run a range of training courses at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery, our food and plant production site. These learning opportunities are based in the class-room, market garden, glasshouse and woodlands of Organiclea’s food and plant production site on London’s Northeast edge in the Borough of Waltham Forest. This offers participants a chance to learn in this environment which supports community food growing – learning through theory, visuals, demonstrations and practice. Some of these courses are run in conjunction with Waltham Forest Community Learning and Skills Service and other partners.
Generate income from your local growing efforts – join ‘cropshare’
‘Cropshare’ is a scheme run by Organiclea at the Hornbeam Centre where local gardeners and allotment holders can legally sell their surplus fruit and vegetables through our box scheme and market stall.
You have to sign up to our crop-share scheme which means agreeing to the Wholesome Food Association’s principles of food production. This is a low-cost, alternative to organic certification for those growing and producing food for sale in their local region. You will receive monthly payment for the produce we sell for you.
Download the cropshare guide. Contact us if you are interested and would like more information.
Volunteer with Organicle
Regular volunteer days at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. New volunteers can join an induction session on the 1st Wednesday or 3rd Friday of each month, after which you can volunteer with us whenever you like. More info on voluntary roles at Organiclea.
We also hold open work days once a month on the last Sunday of the month 12pm – 4pm, just show up and join in.
Email jo[at]organiclea.org.uk or call Jo on 020 8524 4994 for more information about volunteering.