Wednesday, May 28, 2014

YMCA team-building day

Bosavern Community Farm was very pleased to host 40 staff of local YMCA projects to the farm today for their annual team-building day, and also pleased that one local charity decided to support another local charity in this way. The YMCA enjoyed something a bit different for their day, and the farm got a huge amount of work done in a short space of time - many thanks to 40 hard workers!
One team digging over the inside of Nigel the Fifth polytunnel.

 The group of 40 split into 4 teams and undertook 4 tasks for about one hour each task, in rotation, interspersed with drinks breaks and lunch in the open barn.

Clearing spent salad plants from inside the Sausage polytunnel.
These tasks included erecting the farm's new fruit cage (at the end of the day all the foundations were in and most of the poles up), painting the chicken sheds (all 3 sheds painted by the end), digging over the inside of our newest polytunnel Nigel V (half the tunnel dug, a good achievement for one day), weeding and removing black plastic mulch from the market garden field (good inroads were made), and clearing bolted salad plants from the Sausage polytunnel (all done and ready for cucumbers and peppers).

Weeding broad beans on the Market Garden Field.
Lunch buffet in the open barn.
Lunch was provided by the farm, including one of our own turkeys, various salads including our own salad leaves and edible flowers, quiches from Alison from St Just Farmers Market, and lots of home-made cakes.
Another group getting instructions for fruit cage building.
The day ended with a quiz about the farm to see just how much everyone had learned. Thanks again to the YMCA for choosing us and for making such a positive contribution to the success of the community farm, and also to all our volunteers who helped organise the event and who got their hands dirty helping on the day!

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