Stormvogel The Herbal Barge's Moors up canal side at Grow for a new monthly residency

We’re so happy that we’re partnered with Stormvogel the Herbal Barge and this amazing boat’s captain - the experienced herbalist Melissa Ronaldson for a residency at our Hackney Wick canal side space. After holding a fundraiser with the Heliocentrics back in May, we welcome Stormvogel back once every month or so, this beatiful herbal barge can moor up and open it doors so you can take part in workshops and also meet Melissa at different music and art events we hosting at Grow throughout the week.

On Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August, the Herbal Barge Apothecary shifts into evening party mode with invigorating guarana and chilli party mix and the famous sinus tingling extra-stimulating herbal snuff No. 5. On the Sunday 16 and Tuesday 20 August, Melissa is hosting workshops - see below.

Sunday 16 August - Introduction to skin-cream making
Experienced herbalist, Melissa Ronaldson, guide you though this intimate workshop on the Herbal Barge, looking at the properties of botanical ingredients and preparations that can be used to make nourishing and healing skin creams. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with ingredients and make their own personalised product to take home. Melissa will also demonstrate the alchemy of making a cream from scratch.
Workshop is £25
Proceeds help to support the work of the Herbal Barge
Can accept cash and card
Limited places, please book by contacting Melissa directly

Tuesday 20 August - Medicine Making
This workshop is a chance to be part of the Herbalists Without Borders Campaign to help support refugees in Northern France. Melissa will guide you and together you will make medicine which will be distributed by the Herbalists Without Borders team when they next visit Calais.
Suggested donation for the workshop is £20
Proceeds help to support the work of Herbalists Without Borders
Can accept cash and card
Book online

About Stormvogel the Herbal Barge
The Herbal Barge is a very special floating Herbal Medicine Clinic, Apothecary and Teaching space. It is run by experienced herbalist Melissa Ronaldson and offers one to one consultations; over the counter and online products; regular courses, workshops and plant walks;and occasional special events.

6 fundraising events in 6 weeks: Collaborating with passionate people to raise funds for the causes we care about....

Every since Grow opened 5 years ago, we’ve been committed to helping raise vital funds for the causes we care about. We usually host between 1-2 fundraising events a month, but over 6 weeks in May and June, we had a marathon of our own and squeezed in 6 events. We work in collaboration with our partners to organise these events and where people give up their skills, time and talent for the causes they are passionate about.


1) The amazing Heliocentrics returned to Grow’s stage for a special performance to raise funds for Herbalists Without Borders who are a grass roots organisation providing herbal medicine for herbal healthcare to people fleeing conflict, persecution and intolerable living conditions.

Helicentrics Fundraiser at Grow

2) In the same week, Love Music, Hate Racism brought a whole host of local talent or their fundraiser, including: BB James, Jed Payne, Holly Holden, The Nominees and DJ Ohcee. Proceeds from the event help the Love Music, Hate Racism team to use the energy and vibrancy of the music scene to promote unity and tackle racism through education and events.

3) Extinction Rebellion took over for all-day festival of live music, block printing and workshops with a full and eclectic programme including Alice Callari, Super Full Moon, Bamboo Smoke, Smiley & The Underclass, Alissa Skorik (Alberto Rettore) and Liba Ravindran . It was organised by Extinction Rebellion Haringey, Extinction Rebellion Hackney (EAST LND) and AM Productions and 100% proceeds go to support XR Hackney projects and other London groups to facilitate more outreach events.

4) On a Tuesday evening in May, the People's Film Club & Divest Hackney hosted a film night to show a documentary film about the sustainability called TOMORROW. Proceeds from the event support EcoACTIVE Education, a charity which provides hands-on, practical environmental education to children.

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5) In May 2018, our friend Kevin Headley suddenly passed away. Many people knew and loved Kevin as he was an amazing force and continues to be missed by many. Kevin was involved in many music and art projects across London (including hosting our open mic night and art fesitvals) but he also worked tirelessly to support charities and people experiencing homelessness, including The Big Issue Foundation and Groundswell UK so to celebrate his life we had open decks and live music event in his memory to help raise money for the above charities and the British Heart Foundation.

Kevin at Grow.

6) We're big fans of the work of local mental health charity Core Arts in Hackney and have raised money for them at our Hackney Half Marathon After-Party for the past few years. This year, one the Grow team, Anthony Nidis, ran the 13.1 miles to raise funds and we also donated some money taken at the bar during the pary where legendary DJ Dominic Benjamin graced the decks.

Dominic Benjamin at Hackney Half After Party 2019