St Just, Cornwall. 01736 788454
CSA Winner 2015

Joint winners of the Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2015 in the category “Best Contribution to a Sustainable Food Economy – From Nature to Plate”.

Monthly Archives: July 2015

Bosavern Community Farm Planning Application (PA15/05399)

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What is it all about?

ENTRANCE:

The present farm entrance has poor visibility for visitors leaving our site. The proposed new entrance location is 20 metres up the hill and has been suggested by the Highways Planning Officer, following a site visit, as the best place to put it to allow maximum visibility both ways up and down the road (the old entrance will be closed off).

SOLAR PV:

The solar PV panels will be in the middle southern field of the farm, will be less than 1.5m high, and will have the polytunnels and a hedge behind them. The farm is within the West Penwith AONB area. The Cornwall AONB Management Plan states support for small scale renewable energy generation within the AONB area. This is a small scheme appropriate for a farm location, taking up less than a quarter of an acre, close to other structures, not in a prominent position, being hidden from most public viewpoints, so that we believe its visual impact on the landscape will be minimal.

Bosavern Community Farm’s core aim is to farm by sustainable means. It follows Wholesome Food Association principles, keeping chemical inputs to an absolute minimum. It tries to improve the wildlife diversity on the farm and is looking at all ways to reduce overall its carbon footprint. Using a clean, green energy source will be another step in achieving this aim.

Both the new entrance and solar PV system will improve the quality of this local public space by providing a safe access to the site and by having a green clean energy generation source to sustain this community facility. The solar PV will reduce the farm’s electricity bills so improving its long-­term financial viability. This will also consequently safeguard jobs at the farm.

The easiest way to give your comments about the application is online ​at the Cornwall Council Online Planning Register (http://planning.cornwall.gov.uk/online-­applications/)

If you would like more details about the application, they can be found online via the link above, or by contacting Rob Pickering at robpickering00@yahoo.co.uk.

During summer 2015 our farm shop will be open 7 days a week from 11 am to 6 pm.

We are now getting deliveries of Vicky’s Bread on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays so you don’t have to wait til Friday for your fresh bread.

And we are very pleased to be stocking Colliers Cornish Cheese, which is already selling well.

You may have been lucky enough to have tried our first tomatoes. We have been harvesting a few punnets everyday and by August should have lots more! Take a look at our current produce list to see what else we are harvesting.

So see you down on the farm soon.

Small veg box with bread, egg and milk July 3rd 1015

This week’s small veg box with milk, eggs and bread

Friday’s small £6 veg box (broad beans, new potatoes, salad leaves, rainbow chard and courgettes), with optional extras of bread, milk and eggs.

The standard £10 box also had beetroot, globe artichoke, carrots and radishes.

To order a weekly or fortnightly veg box please ring 01736 788454 or email info@bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk.

 

 

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Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

Farm Shop

Monday - Sunday

11am - 6pm