Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Andy the fourth

Andy planting garlic in the polytunnel.
Andy came and volunteered with us for his fourth time, staying only ten days this time, but we hope he'll be back again before long.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Pulling out tomato vines

After harvesting a wonderful amount of gorgeous tomatoes over the summer, we've now begun pulling out the spent vines and replacing them with winter crops. We had three successional sowings of tomatoes, and the first two are already out and in the compost (along with their jute twines) - the third batch still has a few tomatoes to ripen on them.
Friday lunchtime.

Friday dinnertime.

Saturday hometime.
On Sunday and Monday we finished tidying the tunnel, then laid greenwaste compost 3cm thick to create seven beds, which on Tuesday we planted with green sprouting calabrese, komatsuna (Chinese spinach), kohl rabi, coriander, chervil, and headed lettuces - photos to follow.

Storm Callum

Storm Callum hit the farm at the weekend, but with no lasting damage, though we all got wet harvesting veg for market and veg boxes, and it was a little hairy and noisy at times!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

St Just in Bloom 2018

Bosavern Community Farm is proud to have been awarded "Outstanding" by the Royal Horticultural Society and South West in Bloom, as part of the "It's Your Neighbourhood" section of St Just In Bloom - the third consecutive year we have achieved "outstanding".

For the second year running we also supplied a small team of volunteers to help plant the planters on the edge of town.

St Just achieved another excellent Gold Cup in the 2500-5499 population section. The Commercial Hotel won "Best Floral Pub" as well as a Gold Award in the "Business, Tourism and Leisure" section. Eight other projects in St Just also achieved "outstanding" in the It's Your Neighbourhood section, so a great achievement all round - well done to all.
Part of our expanding awards wall in the farm shop.

Veg box raffle prize

We are often asked to provide a veg box as a raffle prize for good local causes, and we are always happy to oblige - this one went to raise money to repair the St Just Anglican Church roof.
This was a standard veg box with a dozen eggs (5th October) and contained aubergines, salad potatoes, pickling onions, a swede, beetroot, kale, perpetual spinach, a courgette, a cucumber, rocket, and salad peppers.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Jane and Alice

Jane (a tattoo artist from Los Angeles) and Alice (from Brittany) came to the ends of their volunteering stays with us on Thursday and Friday just gone. We'd like to thank them for all their help.
Jane removing the first line of spent tomato vines (we planted Chinese leaves and pak choi for winter).

Alice planting overwintering onion sets, along with Sue.