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”.

Bosavern Community Farm Planning Application (PA15/05399)

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What is it all about?

ENTRANCE:

The present farm entrance has poor visibility for visitors leaving our site. The proposed new entrance location is 20 metres up the hill and has been suggested by the Highways Planning Officer, following a site visit, as the best place to put it to allow maximum visibility both ways up and down the road (the old entrance will be closed off).

SOLAR PV:

The solar PV panels will be in the middle southern field of the farm, will be less than 1.5m high, and will have the polytunnels and a hedge behind them. The farm is within the West Penwith AONB area. The Cornwall AONB Management Plan states support for small scale renewable energy generation within the AONB area. This is a small scheme appropriate for a farm location, taking up less than a quarter of an acre, close to other structures, not in a prominent position, being hidden from most public viewpoints, so that we believe its visual impact on the landscape will be minimal.

Bosavern Community Farm’s core aim is to farm by sustainable means. It follows Wholesome Food Association principles, keeping chemical inputs to an absolute minimum. It tries to improve the wildlife diversity on the farm and is looking at all ways to reduce overall its carbon footprint. Using a clean, green energy source will be another step in achieving this aim.

Both the new entrance and solar PV system will improve the quality of this local public space by providing a safe access to the site and by having a green clean energy generation source to sustain this community facility. The solar PV will reduce the farm’s electricity bills so improving its long-­term financial viability. This will also consequently safeguard jobs at the farm.

The easiest way to give your comments about the application is online ​at the Cornwall Council Online Planning Register (http://planning.cornwall.gov.uk/online-­applications/)

If you would like more details about the application, they can be found online via the link above, or by contacting Rob Pickering at robpickering00@yahoo.co.uk.

During summer 2015 our farm shop will be open 7 days a week from 11 am to 6 pm.

We are now getting deliveries of Vicky’s Bread on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays so you don’t have to wait til Friday for your fresh bread.

And we are very pleased to be stocking Colliers Cornish Cheese, which is already selling well.

You may have been lucky enough to have tried our first tomatoes. We have been harvesting a few punnets everyday and by August should have lots more! Take a look at our current produce list to see what else we are harvesting.

So see you down on the farm soon.

Small veg box with bread, egg and milk July 3rd 1015

This week’s small veg box with milk, eggs and bread

Friday’s small £6 veg box (broad beans, new potatoes, salad leaves, rainbow chard and courgettes), with optional extras of bread, milk and eggs.

The standard £10 box also had beetroot, globe artichoke, carrots and radishes.

To order a weekly or fortnightly veg box please ring 01736 788454 or email info@bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk.

 

 

Beehives at Bosavern

We are delighted to offer a one day introduction to bee-keeping course with Matt Pitt on Saturday 20th June (or Sunday 21st if the weather is poor) here at the farm.

This will consist of a half day of theory, followed by a half day of practice, looking through our very own hives at the farm.

Spaces are limited to 6 people, so please email kate@bcents.org if you would like to attend.

This course is free of charge, made possible through grants from A4A and the local council community chest funding, and is a fantastic opportunity to find out a bit more about these very important little creatures!

 

Come celebrate our 5th Birthday this Sunday 7th May

We are pleased to announce that this Sunday 7th June we will be hosting our own special take on the Big Lunch and Open Farm Sunday –  it will be called ‘Bosavern Community Farm Open Farm Big Sunday Lunch, with Birthday Cake!’ catchy eh!? (with birthday cake as its also the farm’s 5th birthday!)

Picnic from midday

Our Big Lunch Picnic will be from 12pm, please bring something yummy to share! There will be the opportunity to purchase a slice or two of homemade cake (all donations to the farm).

Farm shop

Our lovely farm shop stocked with our own fresh produce along with delicious goodies from other local producers will be open 11am -6pm.

Farm tour

Hugh, one of our growers, will be leading a farm tour at 3pm to see how we are growing with the seasons. We will visit the polytunnels, the market garden and you can also meet our lovely hens!

Lend a hand on the land

We are also encouraging people to give an hour or so of their time on the day to give our brilliant team of WWOOFers (international volunteers) a hand working in the market garden – so wear clothes to get dirty 🙂

We are family friendly, so bring the kids for a run around!

Hope to see you there!
Nikki and Team

During the hungry gap (May/June) we need to buy in some local produce to fill our boxes, but we will always tell you where it is from and will only work with other producers who grow to the same standards as we do. Meanwhile our summer crops are going into the ground and getting going and our new potatoes and broad beans will be coming soon.

This week’s small veg boxes contained potatoes, chard, lettuce, radishes, peas (Heather Lane Nurseries), courgettes (grown organically in Crowlas).

Standard boxes also contained herb fennel, strawberries, and spring greens (Heather Lane Nurseries, Canonstown).

  • Recent work on the farm
    In between (and during!) being battered by storms wehave managed to get some things done:-Lines of mange-tout and sugar snap peas planted in a polytunnel.Kale for veg boxes harvested!All our leeks for next winter sown.Half the chicken field prepared ready to be this year's potato bed.New area tidied to become a wheelbarrow parking shed.Radishes sown […]
  • Peat-free potting compost
    We are now selling Petersfield professional-quality peat-free potting compost in the farm shop, priced at £8.70 per 40-litre sack.
  • Clem, Jun again, Riina and Louis
    Jun, in the foreground in hi-vis, picking chard for veg boxes.Clem, in front, and Riina, back left, helping to clean out a chicken shed.Louis converting an old pig shed into a plant pot store.Another four WWOOF volunteers have come and gone since I last updated this blog - Clemence from France, Jun from South Korea […]

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

Farm Shop

Monday - Sunday

11am - 6pm