St Just, Cornwall. 01736 788454

 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 tomatoes
    On Tuesday 18th April we planted our maincrop of tomatoes in Imogen polytunnel, being about 300 plants of about 15 varieties (including gardener's delight, sungold, chocolate cherry, costaluto di firentina, berner rose, yellow submarine, orange banana, quadro, ruby, galina, stupice and more). Some fruit has already set, showing that bumble bees have been active recently.Pinar […]
  • Veg boxes 21st April
    Small £6 veg box - the last of this season's parsnips, plus a swede, a kilo of potatoes, rainbow chard, mixed herbs (Vietnamese coriander, fennel, flat-leaf parsley, and oregano), and a lettuce.The standard £10 veg box contained all of the above plus some oriental greens, a bag of mixed salad leaves, and the first of […]
  • Chicken identification guide
    Bethany, who wwoofed with us here earlier in the month, produced this amazing piece of illustrative art during her time on the farm, and here it is for all to see - many thanks to Bethany for allowing us to publish her work on the farm blog.

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

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