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”.

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.

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Bees entering bee hive at Bosavern Community Farm

Update by Nikki

  • Meadow wildflower survey
    On July 12th a volunteer came to survey our main three wildlfower meadows as part of our involvement with the Penwith Landscape Partnership, and he recorded the following 47 species:-common bent grass (Agrostis capillaris)creeping bent grass (Agrostis stoloifera)sweet vernal grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum)lesser burdock (Arctium minus)onion couch grass (Arrhenatherum elatius var. bulbosum)soft brome grass (Bromus hordaceus)hedge […]
  • Alex, Veronica, Luka, Ilaria and Emelie
    More WWOOF volunteers have been and gone in recent weeks - Alex from France, Veronica from the USA, Luka from Germany, Ilaria from Italy, and Emelie from France - many thanks to all!Alex on the tractor loading hay.Veronica (back right) packing veg for veg boxes.Virginia (who hasn't left yet!) sowing radishes with Emilie, Ilaria with […]
  • Harvest celebration photos
    Bee embroidery workshop in the packing shed pop-up cafe area, with Vicky.Designing an insect garden in the farmyard, with Kate.A tour of the polytunnels and hardening-off area of the market garden, with Ian.Singing workshop in the farmyard, near the campfire, with Kelsey.Crafts and games in the farmyard.Embroidered bees created at Vicky's workshop.Visiting the pollinator garden […]

Bosavern Community Farm,

St Just,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR19 7RD.

01736 788454

info@bosaverncommunity
farm.org.uk

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