"Since Bosavern Community Farm's recent mid-term review, Cornwall Council have agreed to extend the current lease to April 2012. This gives the project an extra six months 'breathing' space and increases the opportunities around its key goal, to purchase the farm for continued community use. To this end a lottery application is currently being written and the group are researching the possibilities of selling shares. This has been used by similar community projects for 'investors' with an interest in social rather than economic returns on their investment.
Another aim is for the farm to be community run and we now have a steering group whose job it is to advise and oversee the project’s business, finance and learning/training objectives. The steering group has three sub groups which meet regularly and then report back to each other.
In the real world, down at the farm, the arrival of three local pigs (thanks to Tony Boynes) has caused much interest. Penny, Sage and Onion were stars of the 'Eggstravaganza' event this Easter and were named that day by some of the children attending with their families. It was a really well attended local event with lots of creative and fun activities from scarecrow making to a tug 'o' war (which the ladies took by storm!).
Chickens are still happily laying the most beautiful eggs, and we sincerely apologise to those of you who have been disappointed when stopping at the gate or visiting us at Pendeen Farmer’s Market only to find them sold out. Every effort is being made to source more organic hens so thank you for your continued support and patience.The vegetable box scheme is now underway and, although late in the season, it is hoped it will develop as the year progresses.
It is planned to develop this as a Community Supported Agriculture scheme where people can invest their time or money in the actual growing of their veg boxes and have some say in what is grown. For anyone interested to know more or to sign up for the box scheme, as it is now, please contact the farm and talk with us.
The farm has also run a number of workshops (all free) in green woodworking, chicken keeping, composting, rag rugging and raku pottery techniques. These are always advertised on the bosaverncommunityfarm website as well as locally in shops, the library and 'Down your Way' in the Cornishman. Anyone with a skill or special request for a workshop is welcome to come forward and share their ideas and we will do our very best to accommodate."