Looking for simple ways to grow your own food during the coronavirus lockdown?

Debbie Mitchener of local community organisation Cordwainers Grow shows you how she grows beansprouts at home:


Are you going to try this out yourself? Are you growing your own food while we’re in lockdown? Send us a pic of your efforts at editor@hackneycitizen.co.uk and we’ll share our favourites.


Here’s a quick update from Debbie on the progress of her sprouts:


For other grow-at-home options, Hackney Herbal founder Nat Mady has produced a video guide to sowing seeds such as lettuce and parsley.

If you’re in need of seeds, Citizen columnist and Cordwainers Grow’s Kate Poland has got you covered. She’s running a seed giveaway at Hackney City Farm.

Email Kate at hello@cordwainersgrow.org.uk with delivery requests, and to find out about the group’s virtual advice sessions.

The coronavirus outbreak sadly means the Hackney Citizen is unable to print a monthly newspaper for the first time in its 12-year history.

At a time when independent and trusted news is more important than ever, this was an incredibly difficult decision to have to make.

Without print advertising, our major source of income, a one-off donation from anyone who can afford it will help our small team keep the website and social media feeds running through this unprecedented crisis.

When Hackney and the wider world has fought off this virus and we return to some semblance of normality, the print edition will be back.

Find out how you can donate

Thanks in advance for your support, and stay safe.