Jon from 'Gardening for all' inspires us in how we can all be Gardeners!

New local community gardens group - Hackney WICKed Garden, the Grow Team, our customers and kids from our monthly after-school club have all been getting their hands dirty to learn new skills and knowledge about Spring time gardening to help us make the garden beautiful; more attractive to insects and grow more herbs.  We say a massive thanks to everyone!  All the plants are sourced from the community-based Garden Centre down the canal from us at 'Growing Concerns' - who sell lots of amazing garden goodies...so pop in next time you're near Victoria Park.

It started with kids making wildflower seedbombs to take home and planting Red Riding Tulips at their monthly after-school club;  then during a couple of free workshops, Jon from 'Gardens for All' and the community gardeners helped us and customers of Grow make hanging baskets, demonstrated how to recycle and upcycle materials for the garden and how to get seedlings going...

We've even got a sunflower competition - so come down to Grow to see whose sunflower grows the tallest and enjoy everyones effort in making the canal side garden a nice place to relax and be together!

Art and music to support the Minesweeper Collective they lost their home to fire...

On 5 January 2017, the home of the Minesweeper Collective, a boat based in Deptford, sadly burned down. Thankfully no one was hurt but artists' work and studios were destroyed overnight.

Many of the Minesweeper Collective's artists have also performed at Grow over the past few years including artist and Butoh dancer, Mai Nguyen Tri, who organised this fundraiser to help support them. They are an amazingly creative bunch who now need to rebuild their project so thanks to everyone who came down to this event to show solidarity and support them. You can still donate online.

Performances included: Mai & Ampers&nd, The Dublo, Grassy Noel & Ape and on the decks was DJ Calculator.

A series of free informal talks about art, politics, permaculture...

In November and December 2016, together with Marie Brenneis we hosted an informal talk and discussion about Aesthetics, Politics, Economics, Globalisation, Capitalism and the Environment. These talks were free, open to all and existed to share information and experiences.  Some of the talks were also recorded and broadcasted by Wick Radio

8 Nov // Neoliberalism
One of Grow's co-founders Reuben Jacobs talked about 'Neoliberalism' so we all can gain a better understanding of how it affects global and local politics as well as your everyday life, through its domination of world economics.
LISTEN TO REUBEN'S TALK ON WICK RADIO

15 Nov // West to East London - historical geography
Jacob F-n, shared his experience and research as a historical geographer. He took us on a journey from West to East London as we learned how London's colonial past is still woven into the geography all around us today and the importance of looking into, and learning from, the past...
LISTEN TO JACOB'S TALK ON WICK RADIO

22 Nov // Bucky Fuller & the 60's Modernist movement
Stuart Glenday shared the story of American anti-establishment visionary and inventor of the geodesic dome, Richard Buckminster Fuller (AKA Bucky).  Also, Stuart's hand-made geodesic installations are hanging from Grow's ceiling so come anytime to enjoy their hypnotic qualities.
LISTEN TO STUART'S TALK ON WICK RADIO

29 Nov // Art & Censorship
Julia Farrington from Index on Censorship shared her experience of researching how law can and should play in supporting the arts (read more about her work, Art and the Law). We also discussed how censorship affects us all. This organisation is really important as it campaigns for, and defends, free expression worldwide.

6 Dec // Permaculture and the role of art
Hannah Gardiner shared her experience and knowledge of permaculture, sustainable living and the role of art within these areas. As Hannah said, it is generative subject... and we all pondered the questions raised and learned a lot from Hannah's research, all whilst her cartoonist friend illustrating the discusson as we went!

Annual Grow Village Fete - cakes, games, plants for charity!

Back for it's 2nd year, the Grow Village Fete is about being together, having a good time and raising money for charity!

Raising funds for The Centre for Better Health, on sale we had freshly baked bread by one of their projects, the Bikery Bakery, amazing cakes donated by Hackney Wick locals, Canababes Food Co Ltd., and have-a-go village fete games! On sale, will also be plants from Growing Concerns, a community garden centre just down the canal on Wick Lane.

Slow Fire London will be putting on a BBQ with meat and veg options smoked in an old converted ambulance, served with crunchy slaws and punchy salads!