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.

  • Gate-posts for our new entrance
    Work on our new entrance is continuing, sited in a safer location further up the hill, with a new car-park for five cars. Yesterday we relocated a pair of old granite gate-posts, neither of which had been used for several years (one of them was even lying down in the yard), to flank the new […]
  • Mink!
    Last Tuesday was the first ever discovery of mink on the farm, when a body was found in the field above where are chickens currently live. Cause of death unknown. 50cm from nose to tip of tail, and with a fine set of sharp teeth. This could explain the number of disembowled chickens we have […]
  • National Tree Week
    As part of National Tree Week, on Monday 25th November we planted the first 50 of 200 native trees planned for this winter. The first 50 were planted by local volunteers around our new car-park and entrance, to screen the car-park whilst providing a food source for birds. We planted blackthorn, hawthorn, dogwood, guelder rose, […]

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

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