Category Archives: Growing

Thurs 11 May – Growing the Local Dream workshop

HORNBEAM NIGHTS Thurs workshop, 7-10pm

Growing your own food - practical activism.
Growing your own food – practical activism.

Thurs 11 May, GROWING THE LOCAL DREAM: a talk on making food sovereignty a reality and how to start growing your own.

We have three guests speakers who are involved in growing with Hornbeam partner and local community growing project Organiclea. 

Melanie Strickland – OrganicLea: What is Food sovereignty?
Food sovereignty allows communities control over the way food is produced, traded and consumed. The food sovereignty movement is a global alliance of farmers, growers, consumers and activists.
Mel is the Community Food Movement Builder at Organiclea

Terry Bennett – OrganicLea: How to bring small growers into the political mainstream.
Terry will be referencing the Land Worker’s alliance post brexit agricultural policy.
– A new growth model for a new generation.
– Grow the dream and nurture your brain.

Jon Rackham – Gardens for all
Do it yourself. How to bring your growing home.

FREE although donations to Hornbeam and Organiclea’s community work are gratefully received.

FOOD AVAILABLE: hot vegan curry and rice bowl for £6.

DRINKS: choose from our fully stocked bar of local ales and ciders, bio-dynamic wines, locally made soft drinks and vegan snacks.

FIND OUT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: You can also find out about the work of Organiclea and the Hornbeam and volunteering opportunities at both

Sat 10th and Sun 11 Sept – Cultivate festival at the Hornbeam

The Cultivate Waltham Forest Festival is for everyone interested in growing food in Waltham Forest. Whether your food growing space is squeezed into a window sill, a doorway, stretches across an urban garden, transforms a community garden or is an enterprising market garden.

Cultivate Food Fayre and Local Beer Festival at the Hornbeam
Cultivate Food Fayre and Local Beer Festival at the Hornbeam

Sat 10 Sept:

-Local organic vegetarian & vegan street food.
-Sustainable living demonstrations, advice, demos – OrganicLea
-Fresh, organic seasonal vegetables & fruit stall – OrganicLea
-Waltham Forest Food Rescuers will be working with a group of volunteers to spread awareness about food wastage and the real truth behind Best before dates.
-Local cask, bottled & keg beer from midday
The Ramble jam band from 2pm
The Yes Mess from 5pm
BEER FROM ToastWild Card BreweryPearly Queen Beer Co. AND  East London Brewing Company

Also on Saturday – Food Rescuers Wanted!
If you’re passionate about food waste, come and be part of our group of volunteers chatting to local shopkeepers this Saturday 10 Sept! Part of the fantastic Cultivate Waltham Forest urban food festival. Pls share.

Sunday chillin’
On Sunday 11th September the cafe will be the usual mellow Sunday cafe day but we’ll also be serving beers from all the above breweries in keg, bottle & cask.