Growing Communities is a community-led organisation based in Hackney, North London, which is changing the food system into something fairer and more sustainable – one carrot at a time!
We run an organic fruit and vegetable scheme with 15 collection points all over Hackney from the Castle Climbing Centre near Manor House to Hackney City Farm and Homerton Library.
We work with local farmers in Kent, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk – as well as some wholesalers – and pay them fair prices to make sure your bags are filled with the best local, seasonal, organic produce that’s available in any week.
We also run the UK’s only all-organic farmers’ market, which happens every Saturday, from 10am-2.30pm, at St Paul’s Church, Stoke Newington, N16 7UY. It’s home to about 25 small farmers and local food producers, selling fruit and veg, bread, meat, fish, raw milk, cheese, eggs, cakes, pies, chocolates, brunches, gozleme, mushrooms and local honey.
We’ve also set up a Patchwork Farm of small, organically certified, growing sites in Hackney and a 2-acre farm in Dagenham. Both these farms grow fruit and vegetables for the bag scheme and train the growers and food producers of the future. Our award-winning Hackney Salad is in the veg bags from February to November – each bag contains up to 30 different varieties of gorgeous, ultra-fresh leaves, herbs and flowers.