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”.

 There is a great synergy between the farm, myself, the bees and the crops from which the whole community benefits.”

Matt Pitt of the Cornish Black Bee Company

 

Our bees

Our bees

In May 2014 Bosavern invited Matt Pitt of the Cornish Black Bee Company to create a traditional farmer/beekeeper relationship, whereby the crops, fruits and wildflowers on the farm would all benefit from the bees’ pollination services and the farm would provide an outlet for Matt to sell the honey produced by the bees on the farm.

 

Bee hives in the corner of home field

Bee hives in the corner of home field

In July 2014 we  welcomed Matt and 4 hives of native Cornish Black Bees to a sheltered spot on the farm.
Since then we have run, in partnership, 3 Introduction to Bee-keeping courses, and a Honey Harvesting workshop, training 20 people in total. We have also rescued two swarms and safely re-homed them.

 

Inspecting the hives on a beekeeping workshop at Bosavern Community Farm

Inspecting the hives on a beekeeping workshop at Bosavern Community Farm

One of our full time volunteers, Nikki, has been working as a ‘bee-keeper’s apprentice’ to Matt for the last year and is now working with Matt to develop a training and education apiary on the farm.

  • Latymer School visit
    It was a great pleasure to welcome a group of students from London's Latymer School back to the farm for the second year running. This year they brought 25 pupils for a full day of educational activities, including:-- Learning about our black bees, and why pollinators are so important in the food chain and nature.- […]
  • Tomatoes
    Our tomato vines are now in full production, with even the first few fruit ready on our third successional sowing. This year we have a wide selection of mainly heritage varieties of all shapes, sizes, and colours, including; sungold F1, ruby, costoluto di Fiorentina, gardeners' delight, zuckertraub, yellow submarine, golden queen, chocolate cherry, orange banana, […]
  • Recent wwoofers
    As usual we have had invaluable help from a changing team of WWOOF volunteers over recent weeks:-Quentin, from France, helping to clean out the chicken sheds.Sara, from Western Australia, looking after our chickens. Sara came with her daughter Jona for ten days, and both were a great help.

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

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