Welcome to Growing Communities

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Growing Communities is a social enterprise run by local people in Hackney, East London. We are working to create a more sustainable re-localised food system through our projects which provide practical alternatives to the damaging food system that currently exists.

Our projects:

  • Our Organic Fruit and Vegetable Box Scheme  - we currently provide around 300 local households with fresh, seasonal produce each week supplied in line with a strict policy which prioritises direct, local suppliers and UK produce.  The scheme is a collection scheme with the main pick up point in Stoke Newington and we have several other smaller community collection points in the area to which we deliver produce by bicycle.        

  • The Stoke Newington Farmers' Market - the first market in the UK where all the produce is organic or biodynamic and which works to support small environmentally sustainable farmers and producers based within a 100 miles of Hackney. It runs every Saturday and currently provides space for 14 farmers and producers to sell direct to the public.

  • Our Urban Market Gardens   we grow organic vegetables on our three small Soil Association certified growing sites as part of our aim of increasing the amount of organic produce grown right here in Hackney. We specialise in mixed salad bags and are aiming to supply all the salad needs of the Box Scheme from our own sites. A team of volunteer workers helps us with this task and the food grown is sold through the Box Scheme.   You are welcome to visit the sites and we can arrange school visits.  We also have an eco-building/classroom at our Allens Gardens site which is available for hire.

  • The Good Food Swap we encourage and support local people to make, bake, grow or pick good food throughout the year which they can swap for other produce at The Good Food Swap in October.  An innovative and money-free way of getting hold of good food!

On these pages you can find out lots of information about who we are and  what we do. 

We are always happy to hear from anyone interested 
in Growing Communities' activities. 

If after you have looked through our website you would like to find out more or make comments about this website please contact us by clicking on the e-mail link below or calling the office. 


Growing Communities
The Old Fire Station
61 Leswin Road
Stoke Newington
London N16 7NY
020 7502 7588