Who we are
The Tower Hamlets Food Growing Network was formed in response to the resurgence of community food growing activities in the borough.
The Network is made up of gardeners of all stripes and is facilitated by a partnership of organisations led by Women's Environmental Network (WEN).
WEN is the local lead for Capital Growth in Tower Hamlets.
Why we exist
To improve communication and sharing between food growers in the borough
To increase the number of community food growing projects
To improve access to food growing information and resources
Our next event will be our Winter Gathering coming up in January. The exact date will be confirmed soon!
Here's a report from our last gathering from Food Growing Network volunteer, Clare.
The Autumn Gathering of the Tower Hamlets Food Growing Network took place on a lovely sunny day. I enjoyed browsing stalls in the sunshine, with a free cup of tea, while my 3 year old played nearby. I spoke to members of the Cranbrook Community Food Garden, who were selling delicious rhubarb jam! They run a Gardening Club on a Thursday evening and a Saturday morning. (Check it's definitely on before you turn up!).
There were talks, break out groups and you could have a walk around the farm itself. I took part in a discussion about people's favourite foods and where they get their ingredients from. It was relevant for an event promoting local food to gain a better understanding of how easily people can access healthy food in their local area. Different views were shared and some healthy eating advice was given by attendees!
I also joined a workshop on making nettle fertiliser to avoid using chemical fertilisers. It's so easy and free, all you need to do is find nettles, add water, leave it for two weeks or so, then dilute and feed your plants!
I can't not mention the delicious free vegan lunch of vegetable stew and hunks of sour dough bread provided by WEN and made by the Stepney City Farm cafe, a perfect way to enjoy very locally grown produce.