Tuesday, July 9, 2019

harvesting overwintering onions

This winter has seen our biggest ever harvest of overwintering onions, all "radar" variety. We picked them at the end of last week and they are now stacked in wooden crates drying in one of our polytunnels, and are of good size. We've now found a way of growing them that works well for us - from sets planted at 20cm apart, through a mulch of greenwaste compost inside a windbreak, and kept well weeded over winter.




Zara, Elena and Sophie

Zara from London, Elena from Germany/Russia, and Sophie from France, have all come to the ends of their stays with us and moved on in the past couple of days, so as always we'd like to thank them for their time and hard work, and wish them well in the future.
Zara on the left, helping to harvest overwintering onions on Friday.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Giuseppe and Anna

Giuseppe from Italy and Anna from Germany both came to the ends of their stays with us recently, so we'd like to thank them for their help and all-round loveliness and wish them the very best as they head on to new experiences.
Anna and Giuseppe harvesting broad beans in a gale.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Harvesting in gales

We've just endured 48 hours of strong dry hot easterly winds, causing some damage to our polytunnel doors, and damaging lots of plants (the full scale of which will become evident over the next few days). Yesterday's harvesting was particularly unpleasant, as this video shows.

Some of our current produce

Our produce is picking up once again post-hungry-gap and we have lovely fresh new-season veg for sale in the farm shop, at our three farmer's markets (St. Just, Pendeen and Sennen), being served in local restaurants, and delivered to your door in our weekly veg boxes.
Anna and Giuseppe picking broad beans yesterday.

Mixed cherry tomatoes.

Cucumbers from a polytunnel.

Packing veg boxes yesterday, with Kevin, Giuseppe, Andy and Anne.

Tree spinach being picked for last week's veg boxes.

Radar overwintering onions picked fresh yesterday for a local restaurant.

Recent wwoof volunteers

We have, as usual, been blessed with some lovely WWOOF volunteers recently, some of whom have already moved on to their next projects, some of whom are still with us. We'd like to thank all those who have left us in the past few days - Emanuelle (France), Aline (on her second visit - France), Katie (France), Jono (New Zealand), Rex (Holland) and Mauro (Italy).
Thursday picking and packing team lunch in the farmyard, with international and local volunteers - Adrien, Jono, Kevin, Ben, Aline, Mauro, Margaret, Anne, Katie, Giuseppe, Vicky and Anna.

Rex and Jono in the farmhouse kitchen.

Aline, Mauro and Anna building a windbreak to plant courgettes.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Camping 2019

This year we are offering camping as normal over the summer, bookable through pitchup.com - but also through phoning us on 01736 788454, emailing info@bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk, or asking in person at the farm. Our main camping starts for the Lafrowda weekend on July 18th and continues till after the bank holiday weekend at the end of August (Monday 26th), but camping may be possible outside these dates by arrangement, so please enquire. Adults cost £7 per night, under-18s £3 per night, and under-3s are free. This year we are moving to a new field, more quiet and private and with lovely views of the hills behind the farm. No vehicles will be allowed in this field, to ensure it is safe for children, so we will provide a wheelbarrow to transport your gear from your car 200m away. We have just built and installed a compost toilet in the camping field, but that will be the only facility in there - there are cold water taps near the car-park, our farm shop open 11am till 6pm daily, rubbish and recycling bins, and we have plans to build a passive solar shower two fields away, which may or may not have happened by then! It will be basic camping in a farm field with no luxuries. Campers can join in activities on the farm, such as weeding, harvesting, collecting chicken eggs etc..., just ask us.
Camper's compost toilet under construction in the farmyard.

And being transported across the farm.

It's final position in the corner of our new camping field.