Friday, May 17, 2019
|French marigolds (tagetes) planted amongst our tomatoes in a polytunnel.|
|Corn-salad (lamb's lettuce).|
|Phacellia sown in our cattle-trough garden on the farmyard.|
|French breakfast radish flowering in a polytunnel.|
|Rocket flowers (delicious!).|
|Tayberry flowers in the fruit-cage.|
|Tomato flowers in a polytunnel.|
Today's standard veg boxes (£10) - cauliflower, potatoes, mixed herbs, sugar-snap OR mange-tout peas, swede, red Russian kale, chard, and a cucumber.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
On bank holiday Monday the community farm helped Pendeen W.I. celebrate its centenary by being one of several stalls on the school field in Pendeen for the afternoon.
This spring feels as though it has been particularly abundant in wild flowers, and these are being wonderfully enhanced by our plantings of pollinator-friendly flowers and crop plants.
|Broad bean flowers in the market garden.|
|Dill in one of the polytunnels.|
|Nasturtiums in one of the polytunnels.|
|Vetch and lesser trefoil, on top of a wall in Carn Meadow.|
Although we are heading out of the infamous "hungry gap" (probably our least favourite time of year), we still have a way to go before we are flush with tomatoes and other new season veg. We are still managing to fill 40 regular veg boxes per week though, whilst still providing for the farm shop, farmers' markets, and local restaurants, albeit not in abundance. Our recent veg boxes have contained selections from: rainbow chard, red Russian kale, potatoes, mixed herbs (parsley, fennel, dill, oregano, coriander, Vietnamese coriander, apple mint), mange-tout, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, oriental greens, mixed salad leaves, celeriac, purple pak choi, purple sprouting broccoli, and elephant garlic.
We deliver veg boxes every Friday to the following places - St. Ives, St. Just, St. Buryan, Sancreed, Penzance, Drift, Sennen, Pendeen, Grumbla, Newlyn, Mousehole, Crean, Porthcurno, Morvah, Treen - and places in between. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to order or to find out more.
|Wet elephant garlic dug and about to be prepared for standard veg boxes on Friday 3rd May.|
Sunday, May 5, 2019
On the 23rd and 24th April we collected 150 point-of-lay Colombian Blacktails from their Launceston hatchery, and brought them to their new home on the farm. They have settled in really well; they are already exploring the field and the other two chicken-sheds, and have started laying good-sized eggs already, a few more every day. We hope to have enough eggs to recommence supplying St. Just and Pendeen Farmers' Markets, and select local eateries too, before the end of May. Most of our oldest chickens were adopted by local families and small-holders, and the few we were left with were integrated into our middle-aged flock.
April 30th saw the annual Beltane celebration at Bosavern Community Farm, with an evening of live music, a live choir, Maypole dancing, fire-leaping, and food sharing.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
|Plenty of flowers in the bee garden (including marsh marigold, white comfrey, and forget-me-nots), created by volunteers during wildlife gardening club led by Ian every Monday.|
|Gorse in flower around our Cornish hedges.|
|Mange-tout in one of our polytunnels.|
|Red dead nettle|
|A rogue red Russian kale plant flowering in one of our polytunnels.|
Marti, from Barcelona, and Hagen, from Germany, both volunteered at the farm for two weeks through WWOOF, and have left over the past few days. We'd like to thank them both for their work whilst with us, and wish them well in their futures.
|Marti, on the left, planting onion sets with Aline and Adrien.|