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Monthly Archives: March 2016

A beautiful warm, sunny afternoon – the first day of spring has finally arrived and we are so happy that 5 out of 5 colonies have made it through winter. We attribute this high percentage to our ‘bee centered’ approach to bee keeping – we left each hive with a super (box) of their own honey for them to eat during cold winter days when forage is rare and conditions are too cold to fly in.

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Many bee keepers, however, take all the honey then feed the bees sugar. We believe this is detrimental to the health of the bees, it’s like us working hard all year growing and harvesting loads of lovely organic veg then someone coming along and taking it all and replacing it with a winter’s supply of baked beans. I imagine we would be pretty sick come the end of winter too…

bee with orange pollen on its legs on the outside of a beehive

Note the colours of pollen coming into the hives in the photos. Judging by the little that is blooming at the moment, the orange is likely to be dandelion and the yellow from our willow – both of which are important early food sources.

bees carrying pollen into the hive

Bees entering bee hive at Bosavern Community Farm

Update by Nikki

  • Bethany, Celine, Martin and Mira
    The team of four wwoofers who helped us during hay harvest (and a lot more besides) have all left the farm over the weekend. Bethany (from Falmouth, on her third visit), Celine (from France), Martin (from Germany), and Mira (from Italy) all came to the end of their volunteering stays with us, and we thank […]
  • Veg boxes 1st September
    Standard veg box for £10 (or £11 delivered to your door) - Charlotte salad potatoes, mixed salad leaves, French beans, ring-of-fire chillies, courgette(s), pepper(s), red Russian kale, rainbow chard, leeks (from Cargease Organics), and a sprig of Vietnamese corainder.Our small veg box for £6 (or £7 delivered), contained the above minus the salad, beans, leeks, […]
  • Hay 2017
    This year was our biggest hay harvest to date, producing 1000 bales from 4 fields. We cut the 3 fields included in our Entry Level Stewardship scheme, plus a small field at the top of the farm. The fields were cut on Thursday, turned on Saturday, baled on Sunday evening, then gathered and stacked in […]

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

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farm.org.uk

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