Cultivate Waltham Forest

Posted on March 15, 2015 by ecoviewfinder

The Cultivate Festival – March 20-29 2015

Cultivate posterA showcase for all of the food growing initiatives that are already on offer in the borough. The borough already has an established movement of food growers with many organisations, community groups and individuals growing for themselves and for sale with a strong sustainable ethos. The event demonstrates the broad range of approaches to urban food growing and  offers something for all people working in the food sector, community projects, local businesses and residents with an interest  in growing. A full and varied programme of food tastings, cooking sessions, presentations, workshops and activities will be hosted throughout the festival by the many community groups and local businesses engaged in the food growing cycle. The line-up will provide opportunities for everyone – from novice gardener to experienced allotment holder – to explore, learn and share their knowledge. After the success of the very first Cultivate Festival in March 2014, we are proud to announce that Transition Leytonstone will be participating strongly in this year’s events, as follows:


Fork the Equinox – Our Big Dig Event – Saturday March 21st

Church Lane Community Garden is hosting its own Big Dig event, Fork the Equinox. The Forest edge bed is loaded with couch grass and needs careful weeding. There is sifting, mulching and planting a-plenty to be done, with soup, bread and cake for those who turn up. We need 10+ volunteers to help us with digging. Please bring your own forks/spades/trowels if possible. If you’d like to contribute by bringing cake instead, your effort would be greatly appreciated. Turn up for the day or just an hour or so.BigDigLogo_WebLarge

Venue: Church Lane Community Garden, Harold Road, Leytonstone E11 4QX (just past the footbridge over the Central Line)

Time: 10am–4pm

A Free Event


Sprouting @ The Wild Goose – Tuesday March 24th

Whether you want to describe sprouts as packed with nutrients and useful enzymes or imbibing the essence of life, eating seed sprouts is certainly a good step towards a healthy diet. It is also inexpensive and leaves a tiny carbon footprint. If you know about sprouting come along and share your experience and if you know nothing come along and find out. Phil & Mihkel will have sprouts to share, some recipes and lots of information.

Venue: The Wild Goose Bakery, 654 High Road Leytonstone, E11 3AA

Time: 7.30pm-9pm

A Free Event


Raw Food @ The Wild Goose with Stephanie – Thursday March 26th


Did you know that we can lose most of the vitamins and minerals in fruit and vegetables through cooking?  When we eat ‘Live’ food (raw or just warmed) we get more of the vitamins, the enzymes and what raw foodists call ‘life force’, with benefits to our mental and physical health. Many people have found that just making a shift to a diet containing 50% live food has helped them to balance weight, improve mental clarity, lift mood and boost energy. Stephanie will show you some delicious recipes which will save money on food and fuel, and time in the kitchen!

Venue:  The Wild Goose Bakery, 654 High Road Leytonstone, E11 3AA

Time: 7.30pm-9pm

A Free Event


You can pick up your free Cultivate 2015 programmes tonight at the Walnut Tree Green Drinks from 8pm onwards. Also available from the Community Garden, the Saturday Produce Stall, The Wild Goose Bakery, or download it here CultivateBrochure.2015.