Friday, May 17, 2019

Community woodland day



Our Community Woodland, planted in the furthest field several years ago, is in need of some aftercare TLC, so we are holding another woodland day on Wednesday 25th May, 10am till 3pm. Everyone is welcome to come and join in, whatever their experience and ability - you can even drop in for just an hour or two rather than stay for the full 5 hours.
Trees are a vital resource in the battle against enhanced climate change, so please come and help us create a community woodland here in St. Just.

More flowers

Cat's-ear.

Common sorrel.

Cut-leaved cranesbill.

Foxgloves.

French marigolds (tagetes) planted amongst our tomatoes in a polytunnel.

Hogweed.

Corn-salad (lamb's lettuce).

Phacellia sown in our cattle-trough garden on the farmyard.

French breakfast radish flowering in a polytunnel.

Rocket flowers (delicious!).

Tayberry flowers in the fruit-cage.

Tomato flowers in a polytunnel.

Today's veg boxes

Today's small veg box (£6) - rhubarb, cauliflower, potatoes, mixed herbs OR sugar-snap peas, and red Russian kale.

Today's standard veg boxes (£10) - cauliflower, potatoes, mixed herbs, sugar-snap OR mange-tout peas, swede, red Russian kale, chard, and a cucumber.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Pendeen Women's Institute centenary celebrations.

On bank holiday Monday the community farm helped Pendeen W.I. celebrate its centenary by being one of several stalls on the school field in Pendeen for the afternoon.
Congratulations to Pendeen W.I. and many thanks to Andy, Ailsa and Sonja for organising and running out stall on the day.

Flowers on the farm

This spring feels as though it has been particularly abundant in wild flowers, and these are being wonderfully enhanced by our plantings of pollinator-friendly flowers and crop plants.
Beaked hawksbeard.

Broad bean flowers in the market garden.

Celendines.

Common vetch.

Dill in one of the polytunnels.

Germander speedwell.

Ground ivy.

Hawthorn ("May-tree").

Herb Robert.

Ivy-leaved toadflax.

Nasturtiums in one of the polytunnels.

Navelwort.

Primrose.

Smooth sow-thistle.

Vetch and lesser trefoil, on top of a wall in Carn Meadow.

Wavy bittercress.

Will

Will came down from London to volunteer on the farm for a week, and left today to walk the coast path to Penzance on his way home. Thank you Will for all your help, and we hope that you are enjoying you walk!

Recent veg boxes

Although we are heading out of the infamous "hungry gap" (probably our least favourite time of year), we still have a way to go before we are flush with tomatoes and other new season veg. We are still managing to fill 40 regular veg boxes per week though, whilst still providing for the farm shop, farmers' markets, and local restaurants, albeit not in abundance. Our recent veg boxes have contained selections from: rainbow chard, red Russian kale, potatoes, mixed herbs (parsley, fennel, dill, oregano, coriander, Vietnamese coriander, apple mint), mange-tout, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, oriental greens, mixed salad leaves, celeriac, purple pak choi, purple sprouting broccoli, and elephant garlic.
Wet elephant garlic dug and about to be prepared for standard veg boxes on Friday 3rd May.
We deliver veg boxes every Friday to the following places - St. Ives, St. Just, St. Buryan, Sancreed, Penzance, Drift, Sennen, Pendeen, Grumbla, Newlyn, Mousehole, Crean, Porthcurno, Morvah, Treen - and places in between. Email us on vegbox.bcf@bcents.org.uk to order or to find out more.