Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Gate-posts for our new entrance

Work on our new entrance is continuing, sited in a safer location further up the hill, with a new car-park for five cars. Yesterday we relocated a pair of old granite gate-posts, neither of which had been used for several years (one of them was even lying down in the yard), to flank the new entrance, and today the tarmac section was completed. We hope the new entrance will be in use by Christmas.


Mink!


Last Tuesday was the first ever discovery of mink on the farm, when a body was found in the field above where are chickens currently live. Cause of death unknown. 50cm from nose to tip of tail, and with a fine set of sharp teeth. This could explain the number of disembowled chickens we have found in recent months, and these attacks will hopefully now stop - unless there are more mink in the area.

National Tree Week

As part of National Tree Week, on Monday 25th November we planted the first 50 of 200 native trees planned for this winter. The first 50 were planted by local volunteers around our new car-park and entrance, to screen the car-park whilst providing a food source for birds. We planted blackthorn, hawthorn, dogwood, guelder rose, goat willow, and redcurrants.


The redcurrants were grown on-site and were extra to the 50 trees. Keep an eye on Facebook for future community tree-planting days this winter, when the other 150 will go in. You can listen to the Radio Cornwall recording of the tree planting by clicking on the link below.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07spxvk

Veg boxes for Friday 29th November

This weeks' veg boxes will hopefully include:-
Small £6 box - Crown Prince squash, leeks, kale, potatoes, and carrots (see above).
Standard £10 box - all the above, plus celeriac, cauliflower and spring greens.
Please contact us on 788454 or vegbox.bcf@bcents.org to find out more.

St. Just Yuletide Fair

Rex, our long-term volunteer from Holland, running our stall.
Sunday 24th November saw St. Just's Yuletide Fair take place in the Sports Centre, with more than 80 stalls selling their wares, plus live music from school choirs and youth bands, a chance to meet Santa, and a cafe, with all proceeds from the event going to local children's charities.

Winter Fair

We will be holding a Winter Fair here at the farm on Sunday 8th December from midday till 3:30pm.
  • Stalls with crafts, plants, food, information, and fundraising.
  • Our farm shop with some Christmas gift ideas.
  • Farm Christmas hamper orders being taken.
  • Farm tours.
  • Meet the chickens and help collect eggs.
  • Live music from Pendeen Junior Band, Pendeen Silver Band, plus a folk duo.
  • The pop-up Cowshed Cafe.
  • A campfire (weather permitting).
  • Plus the unveiling of our new "Seedbox" multipurpose space inside the packing shed.
Everybody is welcome, so please bring along friends and family!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Rebuild Southwest phase 2

Desperately attempting to make the cob building weatherproof before the onset of winter proper.

The main section of damage to the packing shed roof repaired.

Creating our new space within the packing shed, to be a multifunctional room, but as yet unchristened!
Rebuild Southwest have returned with a team of workers to undertake several tasks around the farm during a second phase of two weeks. Today they have relocated two of our granite gateposts to flank the new farm entrance into Home Field, and they are also at work on a new "box" inside the packing shed where we can hold workshops etc...; emergency running repairs to our cob barn; packing shed roof repairs; completing the new entrance way (hopefully); and digging a nature pond below the allotments. There are 3 days left out of the 10, and a lot has been achieved, with more to go...