Thursday, July 28, 2022

Planting winter squash

On Tuesday 19th July we eventually got around to planting 600 winter squash (a.k.a. pumpkins) into our maincrop field, maybe 3 weeks too late for their own good, but the weather and time and person-power were against us, and better late than never....

We plan to get our squashes into the ground at the beginning of July, once all the leeks are in, but we took a break in planting leeks, and finished the leeks (all 6300 transplants of them) on the following Tuesday.

Many thanks to our team of volunteers on the day for seeing the task through to the end - Sim, Rob, Jez, Mick, Ruby, Lily, and Warren. Tuesday is one of the busiest days on the farm, with a team of local and (inter)national volunteers working together on tasks such as this one - if you would like to get involved please contact us via email, or call in.


Open Day photos

We held our summer open day (in cooperation with Open Farm Sunday) on July 10th, in a heatwave, having postponed the event from June 19th because of bad weather! So we had to shelter from the sun instead of from the rain, but still, a lot of people came along and helped us to celebrate the farm and our local community.

Just Ukes making their world premier performance in the farmyard.

Jill with her Hedgepigs and Hoglets Rescue charity stall.

One of our black bees getting acquainted with Bridget's beeswax candles.

Nick's spoon-carving workshop and stall.

Sophie's touch preserves and pickles stall.

The 'Oss from the Raffidy Dumitz band dancing in the farmyard.

Plus we had refreshments from the Community Cabin, a farm tour with our Head Grower, Lawrence the Potter demonstrating and selling pots in the yard, our farmshop, a book stall by donation, Warren's Welly Wanging in Four Acre Field, meet the chickens with one of our WWOOFers, and an open farm for the day. 

Many thanks to everybody who attended, for helping to put the community into the farm, and for all our volunteers who helped us set up and take down, organise and plan, and help on the day. And many thanks to all the musicians who performed!


Saturday, July 23, 2022

Veg box delivery round

Two years ago we were the only vehicle on the road when delivering our veg boxes around the area every week during the lockdown(s). This photo was taken yesterday en-route to Zennor and St. Ives. Yesterday's big delivery round (our other smaller round in the other van takes in Heamoor, Penzance and Newlyn, including our community collection hub in the wonderful Redwing Gallery) wound around Newbridge, St. Just, Boscean, Pendeen, Zennor, St. Ives community collection hub, Ludgvan, Gulval, Paul, Kemyel, Crean, Trendrennan, Porthcurno, Trevescan, Sennen, Escalls, Tregiffian, Hendra, and the Cot Valley. Surely one of the most scenic veg box rounds there is???

Many many thanks to our small team of volunteer drivers for doing the bulk of our community deliveries - Chris, Joe, Polly and Ed. If anybody would like to join the community farm team as a volunteer delivery driver, in our vans, who has a few hours to spare on some Fridays, please contact us on info@bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk. Many thanks!


Thursday, July 21, 2022

Tomorrow's veg boxes

We will be out and about around Penwith tomorrow delivering our fresh not-for-profit veg boxes to collection hubs and member's homes. All the veg has come from the community farm and has been picked fresh yesterday and today. 


This week the seasonal veg in our boxes is:-

£7.70 box - basil, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, rainbow chard, green French beans, and new potatoes.

£12 box - tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, rainbow chard, new potatoes, garlic, kale, blackcurrants, and green French beans.

We can add eggs, bread, milk, yoghurt, and honey as extras.


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Veg boxes

We are now filling our weekly veg boxes with lovely summer produce - tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, new potatoes, blackcurrants, redcurrants, salad leaves, rainbow chard, spring onions, globe artichokes, bulb fennel, green peppers, green French beans, lemon verbena etc..



Small boxes cost £7.70 and have on average 6 items of veg. Standard boxes cost £12 and have on average 10 items of veg. Please email us to join our scheme and support the farm.

vegbox.bcf@bcents.org.uk


Saturday, June 18, 2022

Preparing the maincrop field

After the chicken sheds moved into the old maincrop field, we prepared the area they came out of ready for some of this year's maincrops to be sowed and planted into. First it was topped to cut the grass, then ploughed to bury the grass, then rolled to break up the lumps, then we pulled as many dock roots out by hand as we could, then it was shallow-rotovated. Some swede, beetroot, and chard have been sown in long lines, but the weather has been very dry so germination has been patchy. In the photo our potato patch can be seen at the top of the field.


2022 garlic harvest

In May we harvested our garlic crop which had grown over winter in Imogen polytunnel. We got almost 1000 good-sized bulbs out of just under one half of a tunnel, which is a good return. Garlic is available in the farm shop, veg boxes, and Sennen Farmer's Market, at £1 per bulb.

Shivani harvesting garlic and preparing them for drying.

True garlic bulbs drying in our Propagation Station.

Not to be confused with elephant garlic, a close relative of the leek, which we generally harvest fresh/wet for our veg boxes during the hungry gap (lovely in a risotto).