Organic Lea's weekly stall

A customer at Organiclea's weekly market stall 

Organiclea is a workers' co-operative which grows and distributes organic vegetables, fruit and herbs in East London.

Making Local Food Work will enable them to establish a community food centre in Walthamstow. The centre, known as the Hornbeam, will seek to promote local, sustainable food to the diverse communities living and working around the food centre.

Organiclea's work at the Hornbeam Centre consists of three main activities:

Fresh food outlets: Market stall and box scheme

The market stall takes place every Saturday and sells locally produced fruit, vegetables and bread. The box scheme has 75 regular customers.

Working with local gardeners and allotment holders

30 local gardeners and allotment holders are supplying surplus produce for the market stall and box scheme through the Cropshare project.

Hornbeam cafe and kitchen 

Funds from the Making Local Food Work programme have been used to refurbish the cafe. The cafe is now open 4 days a week serving food made with produce from the market stall. It also acts as a meeting place for local community groups and a venue for workshops and events around growing, cooking and eating.

Key outcomes from the funding

  • Organiclea worked with 74 producers of which 60 were allotment holders and people just growing produce in their back garden.
  • Over 6,000 people bought produce through Organiclea mainly through their box scheme.
  • A further 1,500 people attended courses and training events run by Organiclea.

Organiclea film

We have released a short film on Organiclea's work. We hope it will act to inspire other people to get involved and take control of their food.

For more information please contact Clare Horrell at

Picture copyright: Organiclea


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