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Job opportunity

February 22, 2017

OrganicLea is looking for new co-op members! Do you share a passion for developing and delivering a sustainable community food enterprise? Can you combine strategic development with day to day operational delivery? Are you excited by spanners and spreadsheets as well as produce and people? We are looking for a person or people with a […]

February Open Day

February 17, 2017

Winter fruit care is the theme for this month’s seasonal blitz and open day.   Sunday 26 February, Hawkwood Nursery 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 […]

Trainee Roles

February 7, 2017

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: 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

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 […]

November Open Day

November 9, 2016

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 […]

October Open Day

October 12, 2016

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 […]

Wind Turbine Course

August 26, 2016

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

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.

Buddy Scheme

April 4, 2016

Peoplecare in Community Gardening: Organiclea is looking for volunteer support gardeners at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery to ‘buddy’ other volunteers who have higher support needs. In its fourth year, Organiclea’s Buddy Scheme trains volunteers to support others to participate in volunteering at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery. Organiclea is growing people as well as plants and […]

Food Growing Skills

February 19, 2016

We are running a Level 1 City and Guilds course in food growing skills at Organiclea’s Hawkwood site: 6 week course starting Friday 26 February 2016, 10.30-4.30 (holiday on Friday 25 March). These details are correct! During the 6 weeks you will be given confidence to sow and get growing. This includes getting to grips […]

Trainee roles

February 5, 2016

We’re looking for 8 people to fill 8 unique trainee roles for 2016. Each role will take on a specific area of responsibility and develop specific skills and experience in community food growing, local food distribution, infrastructure and supporting volunteers. These roles are aimed at people who want to develop skills to make a livelihood […]

Salad Start Roles

January 15, 2016

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 2015 we produced over 1.7 tonnes of salad leaves, featuring 97 different varieties of leaf. We believe that more food […]

Wind Turbine Course

August 21, 2015

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October 2015, 9am-5pm We are excited 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 and learn […]

John Clare Day

June 20, 2015

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 […]

May Open Day

May 26, 2015

Spring lecture, compost and plants Hawkwood Open Day, Sunday 31 May This year’s Spring lecture and site-tour comment will be shared with Jojo Tulloh, author of ‘The Modern Peasant: Adventures in City Food’, inspiring in its demand for a more just food system written with poetry and passion for this work that connects people with […]

April Open Day & Compost Giveaway

April 15, 2015

Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 26 April, 5am and 12-4pm This month’s open day has an additional element for early risers: come and listen to the amazing dawn chorus on this forest edge, with expert guidance from wildlife photographer David Cottridge. Tea and coffee on offer and then we encourage you to go for a walk (or […]

Wind Turbine Course

March 31, 2015

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May 2015, 9am-5pm We are excited 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 and learn […]

“Cultivate” – Festival time

March 4, 2015

Organiclea are happy to be a part of Cultivate, Waltham Forest’s first urban food growing festival. Between 20 and 29 March, Waltham Forest will see see a full and varied programme of food tastings, cooking sessions, presentations, workshops and activities hosted by the many community groups and local businesses engaged in the food growing cycle. […]

March Open Day

March 3, 2015

Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 29 March, 12-4pm This month’s open day is part of the Cultivate Festival with a veritable feast of different activities, something for everyone! Take a look round our unique site and take part in shared work tasks and drop-in learning opportunities. Drop by at any time or stay for the day. We […]

Big Green Book

February 18, 2015

Organiclea’s book Seedlings From The Smoke is now available to buy online from The Big Green Bookshop, independent bookshop in Wood Green. More details about the book below. We come together for the fun of working with nature, and the serious matter of making a contribution to a better food system, a better world. In […]

Colin Tudge visit

February 11, 2015

February Open Day at Hawkwood with Colin Tudge Sunday 22 February, 12-4pm We are very happy to have Colin Tudge, biologist, journalist, zooologist and campaigner, joining us at Organiclea for our February Open Day. Colin is probably best known for his books The Secret Life of Trees, Good Food for Everyone Forever and Why Genes […]

Trainee Roles 2015

January 23, 2015

We’re looking for 10 people to fill our unique trainee roles for 2015. Each role will take on a specific area of responsibility and develop specific skills and experience in community food growing, local food distribution and horticulture training. These roles are aimed at people who want to develop skills to make a livelihood from […]

January Open Day

January 20, 2015

This month’s open day focuses on fruit trees – old and new. There will be a grafting workshop – learn more about this technique to create new trees. And a wassail orchard tour – join in this traditional celebration to toast the success of the fruit harvest to come. The wonderful Forest School will also […]

Nursery Course

December 24, 2014

Saturday 31 January and Sunday 1 February 2015, 9am-5.15pm We are excited to be hosting this acclaimed Nursery Course at our Hawkwood Nursery site. Learn how to establish your very own edible Plant Nursery on this weekend course. Propagating and raising your own plants is a great way to improve the self-sufficiency of any growing […]

November Open Day

November 24, 2014

This month’s open day focuses on our trees – both the orchard fruit trees we have planted and the beautiful woodland surrounding us. Over the past five years we have planted more than 200 fruit and nut trees at Hawkwood, as well as protecting the existing established woodland spaces within our site. Our Adopt a […]

October Open Day

October 10, 2014

This month’s open day is a more unusual event as we also launch an OrganicLea book: “Seedlings from the Smoke: Musings of an urban market gardener” and celebrate our chilli fire power: *12 noon: Seasonal workshop introducing the ‘World of Chillies’. For all you hot-heads, our annual round-up of the now 43 varieties of chillies […]

Common scents

July 23, 2013

So much to write about, so little time. The last three weeks have been hotter than a Bradford curry and as dry as  Yorkshire wit, bringing everything on in lamb-leaps and shire horse bounds. The strawberries ripened too rapidly, shortening the season and causing many to be left fermenting on the plant. Only too late […]

Permaculture Design Course

April 10, 2013

This course guides, inspires and supports, those seeking a more sustainable and integrated life. Both practical and personally transforming, it will provide you with the life skills needed for these times of transition. The course has previously run on alternate weekends over the autumn at Organiclea’s Hawkwood Nursery, a wonderful example of permaculture regenerating land […]

March Open Day

March 22, 2013

Come and welcome in Spring on our next Open Day, Easter Sunday 31st March 12-4pm. 12-12.30pm the day kicks off with an easter egg hunt, bring chocolates to join in 1-2pm shared soup for lunch (available for a donation) 3pm site tour There will be two tasks during the afternoon to join in with: Ongoing […]