Sunday, November 18, 2018

Nerida

Nerida, from Australia, left the farm this morning after wwoofing with us for one month, to continue her travels around the UK. We'd like to thank her for her help during her time with us, and wish her well in the future - we hope to see you back at the farm someday too!
Nerida, on the left, with Andy and Lorenz planting winter crops in Nigel polytunnel last month.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday November 21st is the AGM of Bosavern Community Enterprises, at 19:15 in the W.I. Hall in St. Just. You don't have to be a member to come along, though only members can vote (see our website to find out how you can become a member).

Sunday November 25th is the Yuletide Fair in the sport hall of St. Just Leisure Centre, 11:00 till 15:00, where the farm will have a stall alongisde 60 other stalls (plus choirs and a visit from Santa).

Sunday December 9th is our next open day on the farm, from 12:00 till 15:00, with live music and a communal feast. Please see our posters for more details.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Veg boxes 16th November

This is one of today's "small" veg boxes (priced at £6), and contained 200g kale, 200g chard, 500g carrots, 500g beetroot, 1kg potatoes, and 400g leeks.
Today's "standard" veg boxes (£10) also included a cabbage, a swede, extra carrots, extra leeks, and mixed salad leaves.
We deliver anywhere in West Penwith (as far as St. Ives and Penzance) for only £1 extra, with optional extras of eggs, bread and milk.

Morgan

Many congratulations to Morgan, who has been awarded "St. Just Young Citizen of the Year 2018" at the recent Feast Civic Parade. Morgan volunteered once a week on the community for six months this year, just one of many community endeavours that helped her to win the award. Well done Morgan!

Lorenz, Caroline, Rob and Abigail

Another four WWOOF volunteers have reached the ends of their stays with us this week - Lorenz from Germany stayed for 6 weeks, Caroline from France for 8 days, Rob from Cumbria for 8 days, and Abigail from Bermuda also for 8 days. Many thanks for helping us during your stays, and good luck with your next steps.
Caroline and Rob weeding overwintering onions, before laying sheeps fleece as a mulch.

Preparing a raised bed for spring greens, with Lorenz on the right.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Lenka

Lenka, a WWOOF volunteer from Montana, USA, left the farm yesterday morning after helping out for 3 weeks.
Lenka weeding our purple sprouting broccoli in the permanent raised beds (with Lorenz on the left).
It was a joy to have Lenka volunteer with us and we already miss her - many thanks for your hard calm work!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Harvesting squash and pumpkins.

Squash laid out to cure in the polytunnel.
 We've not had a very good year for squash, certainly not compared to 2017. In 2016 we harvested 300kg, which we tried to double in 2017 and ended up with 1200kg! So this year we tried to halve that and have got only 200kg, mostly crown prince (which is the best, so that's something!).
Mostly Crown Prince squash.
 We got off to a bad start with a nutrient-poor batch of potting compost. Because the plants looked so bad we prioritised transplanting leeks instead, so the squash were planted out towards the end of July, a bit too late. It was then so dry that they struggled.
Pumpkins in the shop ready for Hallowe'en.
But we did get some! And they are now all harvested and curing in the polytunnel ready to go on sale. Except for some large (Jack-o-lantern and Sue's Giant) and tiny (Jack-be-little) pumpkins which were in the shop and at farmers' markets before Hallowe'en, and some big ones that have been portioned up and sent out in standard veg boxes for the past two weeks.