Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Land's End Peninsula Community Land Trust Newsletter.

If you have been down to the farm or visited the stall at Pendeen Farmer’s market you will know that the volunteers have been working full tilt to get an array of fresh produce out. Veg has varied from potatoes, tomatoes and beans to garlic, herbs and other salad things.
More chickens have arrived (now a flock of about 240) and therefore eggs. The farm now has 21 gobbling turkeys which will be ready for Christmas.  Contact the farm to order your Organic (Soil Association) certified Norfolk Black Turkeys. Likely to charge in the region of £10-12 a kilo. You can visit
too and see how they are reared.
Whether driving past or visiting, you will have noticed hay being cut and baled. Small bales are available for £3 each.
The fields we are not using are now being rented out so you will be seeing some organic cattle there.
The other task taking the time of Deb, Rob and other volunteers is getting the Lottery application completed. Cornwall Council have agreed to give us the first option on buying the farm (brilliant news) but wants to see that we are going to have the money to do so by 31 March 2012.
So please, please if you want to see the farm kept to be run by the community for community benefit then put us in touch with people who may be willing to consider making a donation or a social loan.  
If you have ideas for the farm, are willing to organise a fundraising event or just want to roll up your sleeves and get involved on the land or in the office then get in touch. All skills and ages can be accommodated! 
As chair of the Trust and a bit of a softy, I had a single chick hatch in our incubator. Bosavern came up trumps and provided a foster mum, in the form of a broody hen.
Well she has done her bit raising the chick but is remaining with us and has become a real adventurer! It does not matter what we do she will not lay her eggs in her house; she has to hop over the hedge and wander into our garden to lay.
She has wandered into and right through our house, when my husband left the top half of a stable door open. Her biggest adventure took her to Hayle (from Carnyorth). On this occasion she managed to stow away in my husband’s truck. Imagine our shock when we reached our destination and found Bosavern hen!

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