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.

  • Meadow wildflower survey
    On July 12th a volunteer came to survey our main three wildlfower meadows as part of our involvement with the Penwith Landscape Partnership, and he recorded the following 47 species:-common bent grass (Agrostis capillaris)creeping bent grass (Agrostis stoloifera)sweet vernal grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum)lesser burdock (Arctium minus)onion couch grass (Arrhenatherum elatius var. bulbosum)soft brome grass (Bromus hordaceus)hedge […]
  • Alex, Veronica, Luka, Ilaria and Emelie
    More WWOOF volunteers have been and gone in recent weeks - Alex from France, Veronica from the USA, Luka from Germany, Ilaria from Italy, and Emelie from France - many thanks to all!Alex on the tractor loading hay.Veronica (back right) packing veg for veg boxes.Virginia (who hasn't left yet!) sowing radishes with Emilie, Ilaria with […]
  • Harvest celebration photos
    Bee embroidery workshop in the packing shed pop-up cafe area, with Vicky.Designing an insect garden in the farmyard, with Kate.A tour of the polytunnels and hardening-off area of the market garden, with Ian.Singing workshop in the farmyard, near the campfire, with Kelsey.Crafts and games in the farmyard.Embroidered bees created at Vicky's workshop.Visiting the pollinator garden […]

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

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