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.

  • 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

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