More about our collection points

You can collect your produce from more than a dozen different locations around Hackney. The fruit and veg bag scheme is collection only to cut down on pollution and food miles but also to encourage the sense of community for our members.  Growing Communities is incredibly grateful to all the community organisations that host collection points, making it possible (and enjoyable) for us to run the veg scheme the way we do. It also provides a brilliant opportunity for us to make stronger links with other local organisations.

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Black Cat

Black Cat Cafe is a vegan cafe run as a cooperative in the heart of Hackney that aims to promote an ethical lifestyle. Hackney Citizen described it as "unpretentious, tasty and fairly priced. The fry-up with beans, potatoes, pancake, tofu scramble, mushroom and sausage is more gentle than hearty, leaving room for a gingery parkin that's just sweet enough. WiFi is free, and the cafe feels bright and calm. When full, it's a buzzing (but not overwhelming) place to be, and when not it's a chilled space from which to watch the world go by."

76 Clarence Road, E5 8HB

  • Wednesdays: 3pm to 8pm
  • Thursdays: 12:30pm to 8pm
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Castle Climbing Centre

The Castle is run by climbers for climbers and receives more annual visits than any other climbing centre in the UK. It is housed within a striking Victorian building, formerly a water pumping station near Manor House tube station. The Castle has an extensive range of facilities for beginners and advanced climbers alike. The Centre houses over 450 routes serviced by more than 90 roped lines. In the last 3 years the Castle Climbing Centre has been massively committed towards becoming a sustainable business, reducing its carbon footprint and increasing its environmental performance. The area that has most obviously undergone huge change has been the development of the 1 acre of green space at the back of the centre into a market garden which provides fresh, organic produce for the Centre's cafe.

Green Lanes, N4 2HA

  • Thursdays: 4pm to 9pm
  • Fridays: 1pm to 9pm
  • Saturdays: 10am to 2pm
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Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is a beautiful oasis in the middle of Dalston, open every day to the local community. The Garden was created on the old Eastern Curve railway line which once linked Dalston Junction Station to the goods yard and the North London Line. There is a spacious wooden pavilion for events, workshops and gatherings. Wildlife-friendly trees and shrubs, including hazel, hawthorn and birch have been planted alongside butterfly bushes, bracken and other plants that were already growing on the derelict site. Garden staff and volunteers also tend the raised beds which are used for growing food.

13 Dalston Lane (next to the Hackney Peace mural), London, E8 3DF

  • Thursdays: 1:30pm to 7pm
  • Fridays: 11am to 7pm
  • Saturdays: 11am to 7pm
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E5 Bakehouse

The E5 Bakehouse is an East London artisan bakery and coffee shop. They are passionate about sourdough and the lost traditions of our baking ancestors. Using organic, locally sourced ingredients, they serve delicious, daily baked breads, fresh lunches, homemade cakes and coffee. Their head bakers also share their knowledge and expertise in weekly bread-making courses

Mentmore Terrace, E8 3PH

  • Thursdays: 12pm to 7pm
  • Fridays: 9am to 7pm
  • Saturdays: 9am to 1pm
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Hackney City Farm

For over 20 years, Hackney City Farm has been giving the local community the opportunity to experience farming right in the heart of the city. The farm offers children and adults the opportunity to get up close to a range of farmyard animals; see, smell and plant vegetables and other food plants; and learn new skills to live a healthier, happier life with a lower environmental impact. As well as running their own courses and volunteering sessions, they are a home to various other social enterprises and community groups. They aim to be a centre for environmental improvement and a hub for projects for the improvement of the community and local environment.

Hackney Road, E2 8QA

  • Wednesdays: 6pm to 9pm
  • Thursdays: 10am to 9pm
  • Fridays: 10am to 4:30pm
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Hackney Downs Studios

Tucked away off the relatively undiscovered green expanse of Hackney Downs Park in an ex-industrial printworks lies the creative community of Hackney Downs Studios.

Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT

  • Thursdays: 2pm to 8pm
  • Fridays: 8am to 8pm
  • Saturdays: 8am to 1pm
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Hatch Homerton

Hatch is a multi-purpose space right by Homerton Overground. They have a cafe, hot desks, Strop & Blade barbers, regular popups and the Bar is now open. Open 7 days a week.

Next door, The Greenhouse E9 is a bright creative space offering co-working desks, self-contained studios, meeting rooms, artist studios and event space. Studios and desks combine to create a truly creative and collaborative environment that has 24/7 access and offers high-speed internet. Visit the website for details and prices or to go for a free trial: http://thegreenhouselondon.com/coworking/

8 MacKintosh Lane, E9 6AB

  • Wednesdays: 3pm to 10pm
  • Thursdays: 8am to 10pm
  • Fridays: 8am to 10pm
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Homerton Library

A library in the heart of Homerton with a great children's section and recently updated IT/computer section. Lots of regular events upstairs in the building - check their website for more info.

Homerton High Street, E9 9AS

  • Wednesdays: 3pm to 6pm
  • Thursdays: 10am to 8pm
  • Fridays: 10am to 6pm
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Mother Earth - Albion Road

Mother Earth is a vibrant and independent, ethical retail business based in North East London for more than 20 years. In their own words: 'If it's healthy, whole, organic, natural, local, fair-trade or even (ever-so fashionably) "real" then we say it's all good and we've crammed only the best of it into our three fantastic little shops in lovely, sunny Stoke Newington and just next door near Newington Green and in Highbury.' Other highlights of Mother Earth include a delicious cafe and a recently opened 'unpackaged' shop on Newington Green Parade.

5 Albion Parade, Albion Road, N16 9LD

  • Wednesdays: 4pm to 8pm
  • Thursdays: 9:30am to 8pm
  • Fridays: 9:30am to 7pm
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Mother Earth - Newington Green

Mother Earth is a vibrant and independent, ethical retail business based in North East London for more than 20 years. In their own words: ‘if it’s healthy, whole, organic, natural, local, fair-trade or even (ever-so fashionably) “real” then we say it’s all good and we’ve crammed only the best of it into our three fantastic little shops in lovely, sunny Stoke Newington and just next door near Newington Green and in Highbury. Other highlights of Mother Earth include a delicious cafe and a recently opened ‘unpackaged’ shop on Newington Green Parade.

101-103 Newington Green Road, N1 4QY

  • Wednesdays: 4pm to 8pm
  • Thursdays: 9:30am to 8pm
  • Fridays: 9:30am to 7pm
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The Old Fire Station

The Old Fire Station, a historic building in the heart of Stoke Newington, has provided long-term space for the voluntary sector, not-for-profit and charitable organisations, and community groups since 1982. It also provides the local community with a wide variety of rooms and halls for short-term hire. Permanent tenants of the building currently include Growing Communities and The Fire Station Community Nursery.

61 Leswin Road, N16 7NX

Staffed pickup times:
  • Wednesdays: 3:30pm to 7:30pm
Self-service pickup times:
  • Wednesdays: 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Thursdays: 8am to 9pm
  • Fridays: 8am to 5pm

If you pick up from the Old Fire Station, you can use the Growing Communities Urban Farm Shop, which is open at the same time as the (staffed) pick-up - and only available to people on the box scheme. The shop sells extra organic items such as eggs, as well as organic veg and fruit and Growing Communities' own Hackney-grown produce (such as figs, salad, strawberries, rhubarb, herbs, artichokes, tomatoes etc).

Organic & Natural

A great health food shop in the heart of Clapton and managed by the same owners as the wonderful Palm 2 across the road. Fab garden cafe in the back serving really delicious, hearty food and open for all-day lunches:-) Miranda and her team are super friendly and will order things in if you can't find what you're looking for...

191 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 8EG

  • Wednesdays: 3pm to 8pm
  • Thursdays: 10am to 8pm
  • Fridays: 10am to 8pm
  • Saturdays: 10am to 12pm

Redmond Community Centre

Manor House Development Trust is a charitable social enterprise. They deliver and help other organisations to deliver community services which are value for money and create lasting benefits. Their approach allows the community to lead and determine its own future.

Manor House Development Trust believes its approach can bring value to other UK communities. Therefore, they are expanding their work beyond Hackney and influencing decision-makers to adopt their approach.

Kayani Avenue, N4 2HF

  • Thursdays: 4pm to 8pm
  • Fridays: 9am to 6:30pm
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St John of Jerusalem Church

St John of Jerusalem Church is situated in Lauriston Road, South Hackney, and the rector is The Revd Andrew Wilson. It is a Church of England parish church which welcomes people of all church traditions. For over 150 years St John of Jerusalem has served the local community and the current. The church seeks to serve its neighbourhood in a variety of different ways and has close ties with its church school, St John of Jerusalem Primary School.

Lauriston Road, E9 7DH

  • Thursdays: 11am to 7pm
  • Fridays: 10am to 7pm
  • Saturdays: 10am to 1pm
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St Peters - De Beauvoir Town

St Peter's has been the parish church for De Beauvoir Town since 1841. Today it attracts a lively mix of people of all ages from all parts of the world. The church is a focus for all sorts of community events during the week. St Peter's is transforming its crypt into a real community asset - a thriving centre for social interaction, creativity, cultural expression and community support. The church is making the space fully accessible, flexible, practical and welcoming. For over 160 years St Peter's Crypt has provided the local community with a wide range of services - it has been used as a community school, a soup kitchen, even a refugee centre. Today it is home to the cold-weather night shelter, a thriving community cafe and many groups promoting creativity and healthy living.

Northchurch Terrace, De Beauvoir Town, N1 4DA

  • Thursdays: 1pm to 8:30pm
  • Fridays: 8am to 8:30pm

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