Tomorrow we’ll be harvesting with The London Orchard Project down in Hackney Wick near the Olympic site. We’ve identified two cracking trees of which one is easily accessible, the other not so (so we’ll have to see whether we go for that one or not).

We’ll meet by the easy tree, located by the advertising hoardings right here (streetview), at 12. The site is served by the 488 and 276 buses from central Hackney (see the excellent Busmapper for routes) or it’ll be a nice cycle ride through Victoria Park.

Hope to see you there!

We’re going to be straying a little bit out of our patch tomorrow but I think it’ll be worth it as we’ve been given permission to harvest a couple of trees in the garden of a lovely pub up in Tottenham Hale called the Ferry Boat Inn.

Unfortunately it looks like the trains aren’t running from Hackney Downs to Tottenham Hale on Sunday so it’s either a lovely bike ride along the marshes or a bus up to Seven Sisters and then a stroll to the pub.

We need to get there before the pub opens at 12 so we’ll aim to get there for about 11. If anyone would like to come along by bus, I’ll be beside the Stoke Newington police station stop at 10.30am.

If anyone has a tree in their garden that’s in need of harvesting this Sunday, please contact us!

This Sunday Hackney Harvesters are going in search of rumoured fruit trees in Wick Woods. If you’d like to come along then join our intrepid foragers at midday at the Hackney Tree Nursery. Details below:

Hackney Harvest is organising a foraging walk at Wick Woodland on Sunday 11th September at 12 noon. We have heard rumours of some apple trees, and hope to track them down… We’re not exactly sure where they are, so no guarantees!
We’ll ideally have apples to leave for the nursery, to share out amongst ourselves, and a surplus to keep for some community events we’re hosting in October.
Meet at 12:00 noon at Hackney Tree Nursery, Homerton Road, E9 5PF. We’ll set off shortly after 12 for 2 hours or so. We’ll bring some pickers.

Hi everyone. Once again we’ll be harvesting this Sunday, 4th September, with The People’s Kitchen.

Details are below, please come along if you’re free!

The trees are laden with apples and they need to find a good home!

The People’s Kitchen are once again linking with Hackney Harvest as well as the generous souls of Hackney City Farm that will be lending us their apple press with the combined aim of utilising natures fruit bounty. We will be making Hackney cider (to be enjoyed at a later date), as well as some apple chutney, and of course the obligatory apple pie as well as the usual and the unusual People’s Kitchen delights.

Bring any jars you can find to fill with apple chutney!

Come inspired with family apple recipes!

Come armed with the knowledge of any local fruit trees. We shall be mapping for future forages.

What better a way to spend a part of Sunday than off on a foraging adventure round Hackney, then around a communal table with friends, friends you haven’t yet met and one of the most affordable plates of tasty food London has to offer, followed by a free film upstairs in the ambient boudoir and a jam session through the world of music from a melting pot of multi talented musicians?

11am-3pm Apple Forage – Meet at Passing Clouds at 11am or call 07790003934
3-6pm Communal Food Prep – Back at Passing Clouds
6-9pm Dinner Time! Take your food up to the film or dine around the communal table
7pm Cinematters Film Screening (free entry)
9pm Passing Clouds Sunday Jam Session (free before 10pm)

Yes it’s a people’s kitchen! Come along and meet some of your fellow citizens. Be a part of the team behind the scene. All welcome.
We need people to chop and pick and tell jokes and stir and talk and cook and smile and peel and wash and grate and serve. If you think you are capable of any or many of these activities, then please come and get involved.
Basic equipment available. If you have helpful things you can bring down then please do!
Contact: / 07790003934 or 07853239281 for more details


Food will be served up on a donations basis. Put what you can or will into the pot. Make it the right pot. Those that have donated to the food surplus drop off, feel free to eat for free!

Eat around the communal table amongst friends and others or take your food to be enjoyed in front of the Cinematters Film Screening.

Followed by the Passing Clouds Sunday Jam Sessions, free before 10pm.

The finest internationally acclaimed talent from London’s underground music scene, taking us on an ear-dazzling journey through world of music; afro and latin grooves, funk, reggae, inspiring hip hop and uplifting soul.

The People’s Kitchen
@ Passing Clouds
1 Richmond Road
E8 4AA
(just behind the Haggerston Pub on Kingsland Road)

Please spread the news!

Hackney Harvest and The People’s Kitchen are joining forces once again to harvest the wonderful plums of Haggerston Park on Sunday 24th July.

We’ll be meeting at Passing Clouds at 12:00 and heading down to Haggerston Park. If you’re a bit late then we’ll be harvesting from about 12:30 in the woodland near the Haggerston Edible Forest (beside the BMX track), where The London Orchard Project planted an orchard last winter and we’ll be joined by Hackney City Farm volunteers who look after the trees. We might then go on a little explore for blackberries around Hackney – we’ll see where the day takes us – and then head back to People’s Kitchen in the afternoon.

Come and join us on the day- we’ll bring the fruit to the People’s Kitchen to prepare together, or you’ll be welcome to take some home. We’ll also keep some of it to bring to community events across London that Hackney Harvest and The London Orchard Project are organising throughout the harvesting season to showcase London’s bounty.