to Growing Communities
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
alternatives to the damaging food system that currently exists.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.