Friday, December 20, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019
|Our new array of veg box shelving across the back wall of the packing shed, built out of reclaimed tonne-boxes. The back wall was painted (with a waterproof tanking slurry) by local Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme volunteers.|
|We've struggled for nine years with poor visibility for our farm entrance, so our new entrance with reduced hedge height (down to 1m above road height) is a great improvement.|
|And better visibility downhill too.|
|The new "Seedbox" workshop-cum-classroom-cum-whatever in the packing shed, with heating, lighting and wheelchair access. It had its first use at the Winter Fair, and held its first workshop this Wednesday (weaving with the Roaming Rag Company).|
|A new skylight panel fitted above the farm shop entrance to replace the old broken leaky one.|
|Volunteers helping to pack our veg boxes.|
|Pendeen Silver Band playing carols in the packing shed.|
|The Christmas market in the packing shed, with eight traders and fundraisers.|
|Pendeen Junior Band began the musical entertainment.|
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Last Tuesday was the first ever discovery of mink on the farm, when a body was found in the field above where are chickens currently live. Cause of death unknown. 50cm from nose to tip of tail, and with a fine set of sharp teeth. This could explain the number of disembowled chickens we have found in recent months, and these attacks will hopefully now stop - unless there are more mink in the area.
Update on 3rd July 2021 - we now realise that this was not a mink but a polecat, which is native but rare.
Small £6 box - Crown Prince squash, leeks, kale, potatoes, and carrots (see above).
Standard £10 box - all the above, plus celeriac, cauliflower and spring greens.
Please contact us on 788454 or email@example.com to find out more.
|Rex, our long-term volunteer from Holland, running our stall.|
- Stalls with crafts, plants, food, information, and fundraising.
- Our farm shop with some Christmas gift ideas.
- Farm Christmas hamper orders being taken.
- Farm tours.
- Meet the chickens and help collect eggs.
- Live music from Pendeen Junior Band, Pendeen Silver Band, plus a folk duo.
- The pop-up Cowshed Cafe.
- A campfire (weather permitting).
- Plus the unveiling of our new "Seedbox" multipurpose space inside the packing shed.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
|Desperately attempting to make the cob building weatherproof before the onset of winter proper.|
|The main section of damage to the packing shed roof repaired.|
|Creating our new space within the packing shed, to be a multifunctional room, but as yet unchristened!|
Sunday, November 17, 2019
|And after - with Bruno, Jun, Rex and Kim.|
|Bruno picking some of the few swedes that we managed to grow this year.|
|Bruno heading to the chicken sheds at dawn with a wheelbarrow of feed.|
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
the last of our cucumbers for this season (one or two depending on size),
either Ambo or Maris Peer potatoes,
kale (whichever variety is most plentiful),
a bunch of carrots,
and a cabbage.
The small boxes (£6 each) will have the first 6 items, and the standard boxes (£10 each) will have all 9 items (and 2 of the squash instead of one).
|A section of the packing shed roof blown away. Thankfully this happened on a Saturday morning after all but 3 of our veg boxes had already been collected/delivered on the Friday.|
|Barometer reading on Sunday 4th November.|
|Waterlogging inside the polytunnels.|
|And outside too.|
Thursday, October 31, 2019
|A wheelbarrow full of various cabbages from our market garden.|
|Rex harvesting leeks, and Ben black Tuscan kale behind, in the market garden.|
|Bruno hunting for swedes in one of the outer fields.|
|Divya harvesting the first leeks of the season from our market garden.|
|Shaun and Noelle in the farmhouse kitchen.|
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019
1 - building a new safer entrance into the farm;
2 - creating a new farm office away from the farmhouse; and
3 - creating new and improved volunteer accommodation in the farmhouse itself.
|Working on the new safer farm entrance.|
|Spreading gravel in the new parking area.|
|Decorating the new farm office.|
|Fitting double-glazed windows and electric sockets in the new farm office.|
|Converting the old farm office into a new volunteer dormitory.|
|Working in the new dormitory.|
|Our squash patch ready for harvesting.|
|Weighing wheelbarrows of squash into the polytunnel.|
|Part of the squash harvesting arranged in the polytunnel for curing and storage.|