Monday, March 5, 2012

Land's End Peninsula Community Land Trust Newsletter.

Bosavern Community Farm (BCF) invites you to the launch of its COMMUNITY SHARE OFFER on Saturday March 17th 2012: supporters and members of the public will have the chance to invest in this growing local food community enterprise in St Just.

The launch will include a guided tour of the farm (minibus from Cape Cornwall School from 1.30pm) and a reception at Cape Cornwall School in St Just (starting at 3.30 pm). The farm will also be “open” to visitors from
10 am – 12 noon in the morning.

 Community Shares are a relatively new approach to raising financial support for not-for-profit, social enterprises like Bosavern Community Farm. This investment from the public is intended to put the community farm on the road to a financially sustainable future. Investors will become members of Bosavern Community Enterprises and be able to vote on Board members to run the project. It is hoped that some investors will want to get actively involved in the project, in some way, but this is not a requirement.

Currently, BCF is a pilot project of a local charity, Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust (LEPCLT), at a Council owned farm just outside St Just. LEPCLT is committed to continuing the farm's long heritage as a training ground in agriculture. Cornwall Council now intends to sell this one remaining County-owned farm in Penwith and in order to prevent it from being sold on the open market (and lost as a community agricultural asset) LEPCLT now aims to buy the farm from the Council, and keep it in perpetuity on behalf of local people. We are progressing with our Lottery application but it will not provide 100% of the capital costs so we will still need other social investors, even if successful.

What you can do?
If, like us, you recognise and value the wider benefits of community investment in healthy living, increased social wealth, a more active local economy, useful and interesting training opportunities, and the many positive environmental bonuses, then these community shares may be for you! Come along to the launch to find out more......................... and bring a cheque book!
If you are unable to attend the launch, please visit uk from 17th March 2012 for full details of the offer and how to apply for shares.

Drop in to any of the volunteer sessions to get involved in sowing a range of veg, preparing new growing beds, harvesting veg for veg boxes and Farmer’s Markets, caring for our chickens and pigs or even some ploughing.
Volunteer sessions are Tuesday and Saturday 1 until 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
If you have not met our latest pigs then you must come and see them (they starred on the front of Outreach magazine last month) and are very cute.


If you could help at another time then ring Hugh on the office number under contacts.

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