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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are now taking orders for this year’s Christmas hampers, at a cost of £40 each.
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!
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.
• 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 –
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: