St Just, Cornwall. 01736 788454

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…

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

  • Planting tomatoes
    On Tuesday 18th April we planted our maincrop of tomatoes in Imogen polytunnel, being about 300 plants of about 15 varieties (including gardener's delight, sungold, chocolate cherry, costaluto di firentina, berner rose, yellow submarine, orange banana, quadro, ruby, galina, stupice and more). Some fruit has already set, showing that bumble bees have been active recently.Pinar […]
  • Veg boxes 21st April
    Small £6 veg box - the last of this season's parsnips, plus a swede, a kilo of potatoes, rainbow chard, mixed herbs (Vietnamese coriander, fennel, flat-leaf parsley, and oregano), and a lettuce.The standard £10 veg box contained all of the above plus some oriental greens, a bag of mixed salad leaves, and the first of […]
  • Chicken identification guide
    Bethany, who wwoofed with us here earlier in the month, produced this amazing piece of illustrative art during her time on the farm, and here it is for all to see - many thanks to Bethany for allowing us to publish her work on the farm blog.

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

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