Bosavern Community Farm

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”.

We have invited local business, trades people and individuals to support our bee-education centre to help make it a really special community asset.
Already generous donations are flowing in, keep checking here to see our list of sponsors.

Our thanks go to:

  • Wilkins & Company Estate Agents, St.Just.
  • JM Landscaping and Maintenance
  • Vision Arts Tin

 

Here are photos of our veg boxes from March, a mixture of our own produce and brought in veg from a local organic farm near Penzance. To order your veg box, please give us a call on 01736 788454 or email info@bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk. Small boxes are £6 and standard boxes are £10. Collection from the farm or we can deliver veg boxes to your door for only £1 extra in the following areas – St Just, Pendeen, Morvah, Treen (Gurnard’s Head), Sennen, St Buryan, Crean, Paul, Newlyn, Mousehole, Lamorna, Porthcurno, Penzance, Madron, Heamoor, Newbridge, and anywhere in between. You can add our fresh free-range eggs, Vicky’s bread and Treen Farm organic milk to your box too.

25th March 2016. Our small £6 veg box with an optional extra of half a dozen of our free-range eggs for £1.50 - this week's box contained black Spanish radishes, potatoes, mixed salad leaves, Oriental stir-fry greens, plus a cauliflower and some carrots from a local organic farm.

25th March 2016. Our small £6 veg box with an optional extra of half a dozen of our free-range eggs for £1.50 – this week’s box contained black Spanish radishes, potatoes, mixed salad leaves, Oriental stir-fry greens, plus a cauliflower and some carrots from a local organic farm.

Our small £6 veg box from March 18th - half a kilo of local organic carrots, half a kilo of our own parsnips, a local organic red cabbage, a bag of our mixed salad leaves, some of our watercress, and a kilo of our potatoes.

Our small £6 veg box from March 18th – half a kilo of local organic carrots, half a kilo of our own parsnips, a local organic red cabbage, a bag of our mixed salad leaves, some of our watercress, and a kilo of our potatoes.

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11th March 2016 – Small £6 veg box – carrots, savoy cabbage, purple kohl rabi, swede, potatoes, and mixed salad leaves – with optional extras of half a dozen free range eggs (£1.50), large organic sourdough loaf (£3.10), and a litre of organic full-cream milk (£1.20).

March 4th 2016. Small £6 veg box - valor potatoes, oriental greens, cauliflower, black radish, parsnips, carrots.

March 4th 2016. Small £6 veg box – valor potatoes, oriental greens, cauliflower, black radish, parsnips, carrots.

 

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.

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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…

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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.

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Bees entering bee hive at Bosavern Community Farm

Update by Nikki

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.

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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).

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  • Christmas Hampers
    It's that time of year again, when we start taking orders for our popular Christmas Hampers. We are again offering three sizes, priced at £25, £50, and £75 (small, standard, and bumper). They will be harvested fresh (the veg and eggs anyway....) and ready to go on Friday December 21st. Each will contain a selection […]
  • Yuletide Fair
    Sunday 25th November saw the annual Yuletide Fair in the sports hall at St. Just Leisure Centre, with 60 stalls, hundreds of visitors, a cafe, Santa's grotto, and school choirs, with all the proceeds going to St. Just, Pendeen and Sennen schools, Pendeen Ark, and Brambles Nursery.Our stall at the fair.A view of other stalls […]
  • Winter Feast
    Our next community celebration and open day will be at the farm on Sunday 9th December, from midday till 3pm. For the first hour or so we will have members of Pendeen Silver Band playing carols around the campfire. At 1pm there will be a community feast in the packing shed, to which everyone is […]

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

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