Monday, January 16, 2017

St. Ives CafeArt

CafeArt is a lovely community-centric cafe in the Drill Hall in St. Ives, and they are now a hub for the distribution of our not-for-profit veg boxes in the town. We deliver our veg boxes to the cafe on a Friday afternoon, and they can be collected then or on Saturdays. Our veg boxes contain fresh veg grown mostly on the community farm, with some veg brought in from an organic farm near Penzance. They are priced at £10 for a standard box or £6 for a small box, and have options of our own free-range eggs, local organic milk and bread too, at extra cost. CafeArt doesn't have its own website, but can be found on Facebook or Trip Advisor, or phoned on 799450, although we recommend popping in for a coffee - and while you're there don't forget to fill in a form to order one of our veg boxes (ask at the counter)!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Latest avian flu situation

On 7th December 2016 the Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) ordered all poultry keepers in England to keep their birds indoors for 30 days, or secure from contact with wild birds, after the spread of H5N8 strain avian flu across Europe. Infected birds have since had to be culled in Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, and Carmarthenshire in Wales. This housing order has since been extended until February 28th. Flouting of this order can result in a £5000 fine.

Poultry kept indoors due to this DEFRA order can still be referred to as "free-range" and their eggs still sold as such.

At Bosavern Community Farm we have kept all our 300 hens locked in their sheds since 7th December. We have constructed small secure runs on 2 of our 3 chicken sheds to allow most of our hens access to the open air. All the pop-holes on the sheds have been covered over with wire mesh, so we can open them for improved ventilation, without the risk of chickens escaping or of wild birds entering the sheds. We continue to clean the sheds weekly, but now also add a layer of fresh bedding halfway through the week for improved hygeine. Our hens continue to lay on average 120 eggs per day, which is normal for the depths of winter, most of which are sold through our farm shop. Although our eggs have retained their good quality despite the housing order, you may notice that the yolks have lost a little of their characteristic deep golden colour - this is due to reduced greenery in the birds' diet (although we feed them as much cabbage and leek trimmings as we can) and reduced exposure to sunshine.

Sennen Farmer's Market

Bosavern Community Farm has been invited to have a stall at Sennen market every Tuesday, 9am till noon, selling a range of wholefood produce from our farm shop, plus our eggs and salad bags.
Last Tuesday 10th was our first time there, and our stall was well received, selling our own free-range eggs, Cornish Black Bee honey, dried chillies, breakfast cereals, lentils, dried fruits, savoury biscuits, flapjack bars, peanut butter, yeast extract, mayonnaise, pasta, Bombay mix and other snacks etc.. all sourced either locally or from a worker's cooperative based in Bristol.

Please support your community farm and local farmer's markets by doing your shopping at Sennen market (every Tuesday 9 am till noon), St Just market (every Saturday 9:30 am till 12:30 pm), and Pendeen market (the first and third Saturdays of the month, 10 am till 1 pm).

Veg boxes, January 13th

This week's veg boxes contained:-
Small £6 box (pictured above) - leeks, striped beetroot, a pumpkin portion, potatoes (all grown on the community farm), carrots and curly kale (from Cargease Organics near Penzance).
Standard £10 box - leeks, striped beetroot, a pumpkin portion, potatoes, Chinese cabbage, dried "ring of fire" chillies, watercress, flat-leaved parsley (all grown on the community farm), carrots and curly kale (from Cargease Organics near Penzance).
To order your veg box please contact us on or phone 788454.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Aerial photograph August 1977

This interesting photo came into our possession today, and shows the farm buildings as they were in August 1977, almost 40 years ago. The main points to note are:-
- the campsite of our neighbours Bosavern House Bed and Breakfast used to be a large vegetable garden;
- the stable block at the entrance to the community farm was still standing, whereas only the back wall still remains today;
- the farm was used almost solely for dairy cows;
- the well in Home Field was not in use (we have recently recommissioned the well to provide water to irrigate our vegetable crops).
Please compare this photo to that in the blog post of August 2016, showing an aerial photo of the farm from the previous summer.

Christa and Yarrow

The community farm would like to thank Christa and Yarrow, from Canada, for volunteering on the farm for the past two weeks, and we wish them well at their next WWOOF farm experience.

Veg boxes 6th January

Small £6 veg box - leeks, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, Sarpo mira potatoes, with carrots and a savoy cabbage from Cargease Organics.
The standard £10 veg box also contained beetroot, swede, black winter radishes (plus their edible leaves), and pak choi.