Summer Gathering- Sunday 28th June – Organiclea

CFGN Summer Gathering 2015

Organiclea, Hawkwood plant nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH (Directions here)

Sunday 28th June


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The Community Food Growers Network has four seasonal gatherings a year where growers meet to garden together, share skills, have lunch, see different food projects, and discuss ways to act together on relevant issues.

This year’s summer gathering will be held by one of the network’s founding members-  Organiclea at their 12-acre Hawkwood nursery site in the Lea valley.

The summer gathering is the most social one of the year- and a great chance to meet community food growers and find out more about how the network supports each others projects whether you’re looking for land or an old hand!

*** Growers are invited to bring produce to sell on the market stall as it is the monthly Organiclea open day.

Please contact Kristen on 020-8524-4994 or by Thursday 25th of June to find out more and express interest. ***

The plan for the day is:

12-1.30pm: 10 year salad rotation skill-share

Ru from Organiclea will lead a session on considerations for designing a salad rotation leading into a practical task on the Hawkwood salad terrace.

1-1.30pm: Wholesome Food Association workshop

Established in 1999, the Wholesome Food Association is a network of growers, processors, suppliers and distributors of authentic, locally-grown, wholesome food. Our ethos is based on affordability, good growing practice, trust and common sense.

Come and talk to Tess of the WFA to find out more and see if the WFA is right for you.


1.30-2.15pm: Lunch

Growers often bring food to share and celebrate harvests!

2-2.30pm: Introduction to CFGN & Community Food News

A short discussion about why and how the network of community gardens works, how to get involved and future plans.

Sharing news from different community food project and introduction to members.

2.30pm: John Clare site tour

A tour of the 12 acre site around the orchard, bee hives, salad terrace, greenhouse, vineyard with a John Clare twist! John Clare was a 19th century poet who has the acclaim of, “the greatest labouring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self”. (Jonathan Bate)

3pm – 4pm Slam poetry session

A first for a CFGN gathering; bring a poem to share if you fancy!