Browsing Tag »food growing«

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Herbal open day

July 22, 2014

Our next Open Day is Sunday 27 July 12-4pm at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery, this month with a herbal theme. We will be celebrating the medicinal uses of wild plants and launching a range of Organiclea herbal teas from plants foraged and grown around the site. We’ll be joined by herbalists who will guide us […]

June open day

June 20, 2014

This month’s open day is a midsummer special with many reasons to celebrate! * We’re celebrating the life and work of the ‘peasant poet’ John Clare who lived and wrote in Epping Forest – read below for more details of this inspirational figure * It’s strawberry time, and we have a pick your own strawberry […]

Salad days

December 6, 2013

Tea towels for sale Salad fans celebrate with us. Following the success of our salad poster we commissioned a tea towel. It’s also a visual way of letting you know ‘what’s in your salad’. It’s printed with environmentally friendly ink on fair-trade organic cotton woven by a women’s cooperative in Kerala. The price is £8.50 […]

Grow your own wine

December 2, 2013

Saturday 25 January 2014, 9.30am-4pm A one day course that will look at everything to do with growing grape vines, from their planting, and growth training, propagating new plants and specific pruning essentials. The course will be based at the Hawkwood growing site, and will involve practical work and demonstrations in the newly-established vineyard as […]

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 […]

Love All

June 26, 2013

I don’t follow the Chinese calendar – I can barely keep up with my personal diary – but if I had to guess, I’d suppose that this is the Year of the Tortoise. Still to pick up any apparent momentum after an excruciatingly slow start, yet somehow it is getting there. People are moaning about […]

Plants go South

May 28, 2013

At the end of May we took a van load of young plants out of our usual north-east london welly-stomping ground, and down to the Southbank. Hundreds of seedlings, lovingly raised by Organiclea, will be grown and displayed on the riverside all summer long. The Queen’s Walk Windows Gardens, designed by Wayward Plants, are large-scale […]

Intro to Gardening

April 15, 2013

Tuesday 6.30 to 9.30pm for 7 weeks starting Tuesday 30 April This course is aimed at beginner gardeners who wish to gain gardening skills and knowledge. The focus will be on vegetable growing, but much of the course content will be relevant to all gardening. Learn how to assess your soil, design a vegetable garden, […]

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 […]

Jobs at Organiclea

March 5, 2013

We’re recruiting for 2 posts! Horticultural Trainer Outreach Gardens Development Worker Horticultural Trainer Part time: 3 days per week- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with occasional week-ends plus additional unpaid coop responsibilities Salary: £20,930 pro rata Based at: Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery and will also work at outreach garden sites across Northeast London 2 year contract […]

Trainee Roles

January 28, 2013

We’re looking for 7 people to fill 7 unique trainee roles for the 2013 growing season. Each role will take on a specific area of responsibility and develop specific skills and experience in community food growing, community outreach work, local food distribution and horticulture training. These roles are aimed at people who want to develop […]

Gardening skills

January 27, 2013

Developing Practical Gardening Skills, NOCN Level 1 Award (National Open College Network accreditation). Every Friday afternoon, 1.30-4.30pm (with half term breaks) starts 1 March until 19 July 2013 This introductory course is for anyone who is thinking about working as a gardener or making some changes to their home garden, but who lacks the experience […]

Get ready to grow

January 22, 2013

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February 10am-4pm Weekend course on Getting Ready for the Growing Season. This course will help you prepare for the upcoming growing season, especially if it’s your first one! Run in partnership with Waltham Forest community learning, there will be a mix of classroom work and practical exercises outdoors and in […]

Britain Feeding Itself

January 14, 2013

Wednesday 23 January, 7pm at Hornbeam Cafe In April 2012 eager to learn more about the food system and sustainable rural living Naomi and Pip, two community food growers (and ex-Hawkwood apprentices) cycled out of London to explore farms, small holdings, permaculture sites and low impact communities in the UK. They pedalled over 800 miles […]