St Just, Cornwall. 01736 788454

Bees

A beautiful warm, sunny afternoon – the first day of spring has finally arrived and we are so happy that 5 out of 5 colonies have made it through winter. We attribute this high percentage to our ‘bee centered’ approach to bee keeping – we left each hive with a super (box) of their own honey for them to eat during cold winter days when forage is rare and conditions are too cold to fly in.

DSC_0070

Many bee keepers, however, take all the honey then feed the bees sugar. We believe this is detrimental to the health of the bees, it’s like us working hard all year growing and harvesting loads of lovely organic veg then someone coming along and taking it all and replacing it with a winter’s supply of baked beans. I imagine we would be pretty sick come the end of winter too…

bee with orange pollen on its legs on the outside of a beehive

Note the colours of pollen coming into the hives in the photos. Judging by the little that is blooming at the moment, the orange is likely to be dandelion and the yellow from our willow – both of which are important early food sources.

bees carrying pollen into the hive

Bees entering bee hive at Bosavern Community Farm

Update by Nikki

Thanks to funding from Grow Wild at Kew Gardens, we’re going to be building an Education Apiary and Bee-Ed-Shed at Bosavern Community Farm in 2016. This will include an observation hive so that visitors, school groups and budding bee-keepers can take a look inside a working bee hive to watch these fascinating and important insects at work.

Grow WIld logo with hand and seed

We will be creating a bee garden behind our barn to encourage, shelter, and nurture these important pollinators.

sage flowers.jpeg

We’ll soon be posting more news about how you can get involved. If you or your school or youth group would like to help us with creating the garden, please contact Nikki at the farm (01736 788454).

Grow Wild and Kew Gardens branding

It’s been a difficult wet and windy winter for our bees. They are currently clustered tightly in a state of semi-hibernation, but on the last dry day, activity from all 5 hives was seen, which means that so far they are all overwintering well.

We do not artificially feed our bees unless absolutely necessary, as we believe feeding sugar has all kinds of negative implications for their health and well-being. So far they are happily munching their way through the extra honey stores of their own which we leave on for them.

 

Top bar hive at Bosavern Community Farm

Top Bar Hive being renovated at Bosavern Community Farm

We have been donated a lovely top bar hive by the Cornish Black Bee Company which we will be restoring over winter ready to catch a swarm in the spring to increase our stocks.

  • Bee garden update
    Our bee-friendly garden is looking stunning this summer, mainly due to Ian's hard work and pottering, ably assisted by Teesh, Ben, and many other volunteers.The wildflower meadow beneath the community mural - wildflowers include corncockles, cornflowers, charlock, poppies and borage.The living roof on the bee-ed-shed is starting to take hold.The herb hexagon.If you want to […]
  • Tomatoes 2017
    The following are photos of some of the varieties of tomatoes we are growing this year:-Big pink juicy "berner rose".Tasty brown "chocolate cherry".Delightfully furrowed "costoluto di Fiorentina".That old favourite "gardener's delight".A new one for us this year, and already the blackbird's favourite, "Italian beef heart".Another from the excellent Real Seed Catalogue, "Jen's tangerine".The aptly named […]
  • Veg boxes on 21st July
    £10 "standard" veg box = cara pink-eyed potatoes, courgettes, broad beans, elephant garlic, rainbow chard, tomatoes, fresh basil, three peppers, and curly kale.£6 "small" veg box = cara pink-eyed potatoes, a sprig of lemon verbena, tomatoes, broad beans, elephant garlic, and rainbow chard.Phone us on 788454 to try a veg box this Friday.

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

Farm Shop

Monday - Sunday

11am - 6pm