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.

  • Planting chillies
    Unfortunately for the bees some of those plants were then pulled out and composted to make way for this year's chilli plants (but there are kale and cabbage plants in the fields, and more salad and oriental-green flowers in the other tunnels). Today we planted 76 "ring of fire" chillies (grown from our own seed, […]
  • Bees in the Mothership
    Two of our polytunnels are bursting with the edible salads of bolting salad plants, and bees are loving them so much that the polytunnels are buzzing when you walk past. This is a very good reason to leave old brassica plants to flower in the spring, as they are such a valuable source of pollen […]
  • Projects for this year
    We have plenty of exciting projects to get on with this year, so if any of the following tickle your fancy and you wish to come and lend a hand or otherwise get involved, please contact us on info@bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk.building a new compost toilet to allow us to re-site our camping area to a more secluded […]

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

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