Why Organic? An evening of Eating and Talking! 6th August

Thursday August 6th, 2015


Join OrganicLea and Community Food Grower’s Network for an evening workshop that will explore some of the complex issues around community food growing and organic food production. Why is it important to grow using organic methods? What’s the big difference between organic and local? OrganicLea will be sharing examples and reading from our long-awaited booklet, Transforming our Food System: Pathways from Local Food to Global Justice.The evening will be filled with readings, discussions and selected food-pairings from OrganicLea’s Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery. Bring your appetite for organic food and your critical questions too!

“Pinching out a living” Event 23.7.15

July 23rd 2015

6:30pm – 8.30pm

Forest Recycling Project, 2C Bakers Ave, London E17 9AW (near the Hornbeam Cafe)

“The Forgiving Earth” film screening + discussion on food-growing livelihoods 

This film night will give insights into how to create a sustainable livelihood out from community food growing—keeping in mind the philosophy of ‘the problem is the solution’. We will show a short documentary, The Forgiving Earth, that highlights the challenges and successes of urban food movement in Detroit.

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Workshops at The Spark 20 – 26 July

The Spark is coming to London again!

From 20th July to 26th July there will be, “a week of free workshops, discussion, art, music and more on building positive change in our own lives and the world around us” at the at the Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU.

CFGN is teaming up with the UK Food Sovereignty Movement again to run a workshop called “Why do you eat?- shaping food systems from need” on Tuesday 21st July.   This workshop is part of building content and relationships for the UK Food Sovereignty Gathering on the 23rd – 26th October.

And CFGN member ‘Community Centred Knowledge’ will be hosting “Culinary Colonialism and Cultural Appropriations” on Sunday 26th July .

A visit to Queens Wood Cafe Garden

Back in Spring CFGN went to meet grower Poppy at the Queens Wood Cafe community garden in Muswell Hill as part of the mapping project of community food activities in London.   Spring was in full swing and blue bells had just exploded through the litter layer of the woods- a subtle reminder of the effect of green space in the city after a tube journey and walk along the main road.

The garden began in 1998 at the same time the derelict lodge building was brought back to life as the Queens Wood Cafe.  Behind the cafe and in an enclave of trees the former lodge keeper’s garden was found and a well nurtured healthy soil.  During the visit a number of woods walkers took solace on the benches in the garden to read, sit, and observe the activities of the horticultural space and wildlife.

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