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”.

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Throughout our exciting project to create a Community Bee Garden and Bee Ed-Shed at Bosavern Community Farm there will be  events, meetings, talks, and of course lots of fun activities and outdoors work- we hope you will join us!

Keep up to date with our progress by:

…or best of all by coming to the farm to get involved. Contact Nikki for more information on 01736 788454 or email info@bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk.

With the farm waterlogged and polytunnels being battered by the repeated high winds, we’re still out in all weathers harvesting veg, and the polytunnels are really helpful at this time of year, allowing us to get an early start on sowing tomatoes, aubergines and peppers as well as sheltering crops such as green sprouting broccoli and our mixed salad leaves. Call 01736 788454 to order your box.

Here are the veg boxes from February so far:

This was the small £6 veg box of Friday 5th February - 1.5kg of Sarpo Mira potatoes, 0.5kg of parsnips, a head of Chinese cabbage (the first time we've grown these, and they have been successful enough in the polytunnels over winter that we'll continue with them), a lettuce; plus some curly kale and a celeriac from a local organic farm. The standard £10 veg box contained 2kg of Sarpo Mira potatoes, 0.5kg of parsnips, a head of Chinese cabbage, a bunch of carrots, 5 dried chillies, a bag of spring greens, and 100g of watercress; plus a cauliflower and a celeriac from a local organic farm.

Friday 5th February 2016. Small £6 veg box  – 1.5kg of Sarpo Mira potatoes, 0.5kg of parsnips, a head of Chinese cabbage (the first time we’ve grown these), a lettuce; plus some curly kale and a celeriac from a local organic farm.
The standard £10 veg box contained 2kg of Sarpo Mira potatoes, 0.5kg of parsnips, a head of Chinese cabbage, a bunch of carrots, 5 dried chillies, a bag of spring greens, and 100g of watercress; plus a cauliflower and a celeriac from a local organic farm.

This week's small £6 veg box contains a bag of mixed salad leaves, a kilo of Sarpo Mira potatoes, half a kilo of black Spanish radish (delicious grated for coleslaw), pak choi, a bunch of carrots; and a savoy cabbage (grown organically near Penzance). The standard £10 veg box also contains half a kilo of parsnips, an extra kilo of potatoes; and a swede and bag of curly kale (grown organically near Penzance).

Friday 12th February  This week’s small £6 veg box contains a bag of mixed salad leaves, a kilo of Sarpo Mira potatoes, half a kilo of black Spanish radish (delicious grated for coleslaw), pak choi, a bunch of carrots; and a savoy cabbage (grown organically near Penzance).
The standard £10 veg box also contains half a kilo of parsnips, an extra kilo of potatoes; and a swede and bag of curly kale (grown organically near Penzance).

This is today's small £6 veg box, which contains a headed lettuce ("marvel of four seasons"), potatoes ("sarpo mira"), red cabbage, celeriac, parsnip ("tender and true"), and oriental greens. Today's standard £10 box contains all the above, with mixed salad leaves instead of lettuce, with extra potatoes, extra parsnips, curly kale and beetroots.

Friday 19th February 2016 This is today’s small £6 veg box, which contains a headed lettuce (“marvel of four seasons”), potatoes (“sarpo mira”), red cabbage*, celeriac*, parsnip (“tender and true”), and oriental greens.
Today’s standard £10 box contains all the above, with mixed salad leaves instead of lettuce, with extra potatoes, extra parsnips, curly kale* and beetroots.

This is a photo of today's small £6 veg box - curly kale, white cabbage, dried chillies, salad leaves, oriental greens, and potatoes. Today's standard £10 veg box contained - potatoes, parsnips, oriental greens, Brussels sprouts, dried chillies, white cabbage, curly kale, and swede. We always have opportunities for new veg box customers, so please get in touch with us today to order yours!

Friday 26th February 2016 This is a photo of today’s small £6 veg box – curly kale*, white cabbage*, dried chillies, salad leaves, oriental greens, and potatoes.
Today’s standard £10 veg box contained – potatoes, parsnips, oriental greens, Brussels sprouts, dried chillies, white cabbage*, curly kale*, and swede*.

Items marked * are organically grown near Penzance, all other items are grown on Bosavern Community Farm.

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.

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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

We’re really proud to have won the “Best Contribution towards Creating a Sustainable Food Economy – From Nature to Plate” category at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards, organised by Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency.

We faced stiff competition and would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in the farm, from our workers and volunteers to our customers and the community. Without your support, the farm would not be possible.

Big congratulations to the joint winners: Devon and Cornwall Food Association, too.

If you have not seen our video entry for the awards yet,  you can view it here:

There are many ways to support our farm:  visit our farm shop, read our blog, attend a volunteering session or order a veg box. Or come to one of our community events.  Ring us on 01736 788454 or email info@bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk for more information.

We are now taking orders for this year’s Christmas hampers, at a cost of £40 each.

A selection of fresh veg, eggs, and honey from the farm plus local cheeses, chocolate, jam and chutney. For your own Christmas dinner or take as a special gift if you are visiting family/friends this Christmas.

A selection of fresh veg, eggs, and honey from the farm plus local cheeses, chocolate, jam and chutney. For your own Christmas dinner or take as a special gift if you are visiting family/friends this Christmas.

Each hamper will contain:-

a selection of fresh seasonal vegetables all grown on the farm
half a dozen free-range eggs from the farm
a selection of fresh herbs from the farm
a jar of large honey from our own bees
a beeswax pillar candle
a trio of Cornish cheeses
a jar of Christmas chutney
a block of raw chocolate
a jar of luxury jam
a tub of seaweed salt (perfect for roasting vegetables).


Hampers will be ready for collection on the 22nd and 23rd of December – please contact the farm on 01736 788454 to order yours!

After the withdrawal of the original application in June, we have now submitted plans for a much smaller solar PV system which has been decided in conjunction and agreement with the Cornwall AONB Planning Officer. We now need YOUR support for our planning application, to help us make the farm more financially and environmentally sustainable and to allow visitors to enter and leave the farm safely.

CAN YOU PLEASE HELP BY SHOWING YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS APPLICATION

OR

  • emailing: planning@cornwall.gov.uk quoting PA15/0987 in the subject line and including your name and address with your comments

OR

  • by writing to: Planning Department, Cornwall Council, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne, TR14 8SX

It’s very helpful to start your comment with “I support this application” so there is no confusion as sometimes comments have ended up beng listed as neutral or even objections when they are supporters.

[Please include your name and address with email or posted comments]

More details of our plans are below:

PLANNING APPLICATION (PA15/09837) FOR A 4KW SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM AND IMPROVED ACCESS AT BOSAVERN COMMUNITY FARM, ST JUST.

This application is for planning permission to install 4kW of solar PV; create a new entrance from the main highway (B3306) into the farm and put in a small access gate at the rear of the site.

The original application (PA15/05399) for 50kW of solar PV panel to be installed along 90 metres of hedge in the middle southernmost field at Bosavern Community Farm was submitted in June. This was withdrawn after objections that the proposal site was too visible and would have caused an unacceptable level of visual impact on the landscape.

Key points of this revised application:

Domestic 4kW solar PV system
• To be sited along the northern hedge in the Market Garden field and so will be hidden from external public view by polytunnels and nearby trees.
• The new site was decided in conjunction and agreement with the Cornwall AONB Planning Officer.
• All local Town councillors have been invited to visit the proposed site and the two attending to date have not expressed objections to the plans.
• The farm is owned and managed for the public benefit by a Community Benefit Society with most of its members living locally. The members strongly support the use of renewable technologies at the farm, being part of the ethos of creating a sustainable farming model.
• The solar PV system will have an annual estimated generation capacity of 4283 kWh, approximately 40% of the farms annual use, and will save approximately 1,979kg CO²e per annum, over 50 tonnes over its lifetime. (DEFRA 2015 – Grid electricity 0.46213 kgCO2e/kWh)
• It’s estimated that the feed in tariff payments and savings from using on site a good percentage of the generated electricity from the solar PV, will reduce the fuel bills of the farm by £800-£1000 a year and so improve the long term financial viability of the farm.
• The farm as well as growing produce is a learning centre (e.g. school visits) and the having the solar PV system will allow it to show the benefits of renewable energy to the wider community.

Main Entrance
• This is needed on safety grounds as present access has very poor visibility for vehicles leaving the site due to its location.
• We would also like to reduce health & safety risks to volunteers, visitors and staff by restricting vehicle access through the working farmyard area to essential vehicles only.
• Following a site visit (December 2014) we were advised by the Highways Planning Officer where the new entrance in the Home field wall should be and also that we must reduce the height of the present wall to under 1m in height above the road surface. This is to increase visibility further for those leaving the site and also for drivers using the highway.

Further documents and maps are available at http://www.wc-cr.co.uk/bosavern-documents/

We have been shortlisted in both of the categories we entered in this year’s Cornwall Sustainability Awards –

  • Best Contribution Towards Creating a Sustainable Food Economy, from Nature to Plate, and
  • Theme of 2015 – Best Contribution to Environmental Growth

Roll on 4th December when we will find out where we placed!

Read more about the awards here: http://www.businesscornwall.co.uk/news-by-industry/awards/sustainability-awards-shortlist-5-123

Take a look at  our video entry here:

  • Gate-posts for our new entrance
    Work on our new entrance is continuing, sited in a safer location further up the hill, with a new car-park for five cars. Yesterday we relocated a pair of old granite gate-posts, neither of which had been used for several years (one of them was even lying down in the yard), to flank the new […]
  • Mink!
    Last Tuesday was the first ever discovery of mink on the farm, when a body was found in the field above where are chickens currently live. Cause of death unknown. 50cm from nose to tip of tail, and with a fine set of sharp teeth. This could explain the number of disembowled chickens we have […]
  • National Tree Week
    As part of National Tree Week, on Monday 25th November we planted the first 50 of 200 native trees planned for this winter. The first 50 were planted by local volunteers around our new car-park and entrance, to screen the car-park whilst providing a food source for birds. We planted blackthorn, hawthorn, dogwood, guelder rose, […]

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

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