Bosavern Community Farm Planning Application (PA15/05399)
We are seeking planning permission from Cornwall Council for a small 50kW ground mounted solar PV system and to create a new safe main entrance to the farm.
What is it all about?
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).
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 email@example.com.
We’re feeling fruity at the farm and are harvesting our very first redcurrants and blackcurrants along with rhubarb, physallis (Cape gooseberry) and strawberries (not always available as they sell fast!).
For a list of our current fresh veg and soft fruit, please click here.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for part 2 of our cob build – we will be starting up again on Tuesday 30th June for a 10 day block until Thursday 9th July.
This time we will be building the straw bale wall and the roof. Come and help for a day or the whole block!
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 email@example.com 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).
Our lovely farm shop stocked with our own fresh produce along with delicious goodies from other local producers will be open 11am -6pm.
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).
This week’s small veg boxes contained kohlrabi, radishes, potatoes, chard, rhubarb and beetroot. All grown at Bosavern Community Farm.
Strawberries and rhubarb
You may already have tried our first strawberries of the season and our rhubarb has been gracing the shelves of our farm shop since the middle of May. At Bosavern we are looking forward to 2015 being our first year of fruit production. Continue reading