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: 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

  • Grapes
    Our first ever grapes are now available in the farm shop, priced at £5 per kilo. They are green seedless "Nimrod" produced by two vines generously donated to the farm by Joan Fisher three years ago.Grapes on our vines in the Mothership.Grapes for sale at St. Just farmers' and craft market on Saturday.
  • Rain!
    After two months of drought the rain finally came on Friday evening, to our great relief. We'd sown beetroot, chard, carrots, salads and turnips, as well as planting out pumpkins, courgettes, leeks, and dwarf French beans in the hope that it would, having already delayed for longer than we'd like.... We've never known a dry […]
  • Golden-ringed dragonfly
    At the end of June we spotted a golden-ringed dragonfly in one of the herb gardens planted by school groups last year. The female golden-ringed dragonfly is the UK's longest dragonfly.https://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/golden-ringed-dragonfly

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

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farm.org.uk

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