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”.

Bosavern Community Farm

It’s been a difficult wet and windy winter for our bees. They are currently clustered tightly in a state of semi-hibernation, but on the last dry day, activity from all 5 hives was seen, which means that so far they are all overwintering well.

We do not artificially feed our bees unless absolutely necessary, as we believe feeding sugar has all kinds of negative implications for their health and well-being. So far they are happily munching their way through the extra honey stores of their own which we leave on for them.

 

Top bar hive at Bosavern Community Farm

Top Bar Hive being renovated at Bosavern Community Farm

We have been donated a lovely top bar hive by the Cornish Black Bee Company which we will be restoring over winter ready to catch a swarm in the spring to increase our stocks.

We’re really proud to have won the “Best Contribution towards Creating a Sustainable Food Economy – From Nature to Plate” category at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards, organised by Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency.

We faced stiff competition and would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in the farm, from our workers and volunteers to our customers and the community. Without your support, the farm would not be possible.

Big congratulations to the joint winners: Devon and Cornwall Food Association, too.

If you have not seen our video entry for the awards yet,  you can view it here:

There are many ways to support our farm:  visit our farm shop, read our blog, attend a volunteering session or order a veg box. Or come to one of our community events.  Ring us on 01736 788454 or email info@bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk for more information.

We are now taking orders for this year’s Christmas hampers, at a cost of £40 each.

A selection of fresh veg, eggs, and honey from the farm plus local cheeses, chocolate, jam and chutney. For your own Christmas dinner or take as a special gift if you are visiting family/friends this Christmas.

A selection of fresh veg, eggs, and honey from the farm plus local cheeses, chocolate, jam and chutney. For your own Christmas dinner or take as a special gift if you are visiting family/friends this Christmas.

Each hamper will contain:-

a selection of fresh seasonal vegetables all grown on the farm
half a dozen free-range eggs from the farm
a selection of fresh herbs from the farm
a jar of large honey from our own bees
a beeswax pillar candle
a trio of Cornish cheeses
a jar of Christmas chutney
a block of raw chocolate
a jar of luxury jam
a tub of seaweed salt (perfect for roasting vegetables).


Hampers will be ready for collection on the 22nd and 23rd of December – please contact the farm on 01736 788454 to order yours!

After the withdrawal of the original application in June, we have now submitted plans for a much smaller solar PV system which has been decided in conjunction and agreement with the Cornwall AONB Planning Officer. We now need YOUR support for our planning application, to help us make the farm more financially and environmentally sustainable and to allow visitors to enter and leave the farm safely.

CAN YOU PLEASE HELP BY SHOWING YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS APPLICATION

OR

  • emailing: planning@cornwall.gov.uk quoting PA15/0987 in the subject line and including your name and address with your comments

OR

  • by writing to: Planning Department, Cornwall Council, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne, TR14 8SX

It’s very helpful to start your comment with “I support this application” so there is no confusion as sometimes comments have ended up beng listed as neutral or even objections when they are supporters.

[Please include your name and address with email or posted comments]

More details of our plans are below:

PLANNING APPLICATION (PA15/09837) FOR A 4KW SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM AND IMPROVED ACCESS AT BOSAVERN COMMUNITY FARM, ST JUST.

This application is for planning permission to install 4kW of solar PV; create a new entrance from the main highway (B3306) into the farm and put in a small access gate at the rear of the site.

The original application (PA15/05399) for 50kW of solar PV panel to be installed along 90 metres of hedge in the middle southernmost field at Bosavern Community Farm was submitted in June. This was withdrawn after objections that the proposal site was too visible and would have caused an unacceptable level of visual impact on the landscape.

Key points of this revised application:

Domestic 4kW solar PV system
• To be sited along the northern hedge in the Market Garden field and so will be hidden from external public view by polytunnels and nearby trees.
• The new site was decided in conjunction and agreement with the Cornwall AONB Planning Officer.
• All local Town councillors have been invited to visit the proposed site and the two attending to date have not expressed objections to the plans.
• The farm is owned and managed for the public benefit by a Community Benefit Society with most of its members living locally. The members strongly support the use of renewable technologies at the farm, being part of the ethos of creating a sustainable farming model.
• The solar PV system will have an annual estimated generation capacity of 4283 kWh, approximately 40% of the farms annual use, and will save approximately 1,979kg CO²e per annum, over 50 tonnes over its lifetime. (DEFRA 2015 – Grid electricity 0.46213 kgCO2e/kWh)
• It’s estimated that the feed in tariff payments and savings from using on site a good percentage of the generated electricity from the solar PV, will reduce the fuel bills of the farm by £800-£1000 a year and so improve the long term financial viability of the farm.
• The farm as well as growing produce is a learning centre (e.g. school visits) and the having the solar PV system will allow it to show the benefits of renewable energy to the wider community.

Main Entrance
• This is needed on safety grounds as present access has very poor visibility for vehicles leaving the site due to its location.
• We would also like to reduce health & safety risks to volunteers, visitors and staff by restricting vehicle access through the working farmyard area to essential vehicles only.
• Following a site visit (December 2014) we were advised by the Highways Planning Officer where the new entrance in the Home field wall should be and also that we must reduce the height of the present wall to under 1m in height above the road surface. This is to increase visibility further for those leaving the site and also for drivers using the highway.

Further documents and maps are available at http://www.wc-cr.co.uk/bosavern-documents/

We have been shortlisted in both of the categories we entered in this year’s Cornwall Sustainability Awards –

  • Best Contribution Towards Creating a Sustainable Food Economy, from Nature to Plate, and
  • Theme of 2015 – Best Contribution to Environmental Growth

Roll on 4th December when we will find out where we placed!

Read more about the awards here: http://www.businesscornwall.co.uk/news-by-industry/awards/sustainability-awards-shortlist-5-123

Take a look at  our video entry here:

Small veg box, 6th Nov 2015

Last Friday’s small veg box (£6) – a bag of mixed salad leaves, a kilo of potatoes, a head of celery, a “gem” squash, parsnip, peppers, and green chillies. The standard veg box (£10) also contained fresh coriander, tomatillos, rainbow chard and beetroot.

  • Recent work on the farm
    In between (and during!) being battered by storms wehave managed to get some things done:-Lines of mange-tout and sugar snap peas planted in a polytunnel.Kale for veg boxes harvested!All our leeks for next winter sown.Half the chicken field prepared ready to be this year's potato bed.New area tidied to become a wheelbarrow parking shed.Radishes sown […]
  • Peat-free potting compost
    We are now selling Petersfield professional-quality peat-free potting compost in the farm shop, priced at £8.70 per 40-litre sack.
  • Clem, Jun again, Riina and Louis
    Jun, in the foreground in hi-vis, picking chard for veg boxes.Clem, in front, and Riina, back left, helping to clean out a chicken shed.Louis converting an old pig shed into a plant pot store.Another four WWOOF volunteers have come and gone since I last updated this blog - Clemence from France, Jun from South Korea […]

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

Farm Shop

Monday - Sunday

11am - 6pm