Sunday, October 23, 2016

Polytunnel skinning

The re-skinning of our Mothership will hopefully go ahead on Tuesday 25th October (unless the weather forecast changes drastically), so can anybody who is able to help for a few hours please meet at the farm at 10am. We hope to have the bulk of the work done by 1pm, when you can either stay for lunch or drift off.
We hope to see you then!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Proposed polytunnel skinning

Our "Mothership" ploytunnel has been without a plastic skin since last winter's storms, and needs one before this winter gets started. She has been prepared in readiness, and we have the skin waiting, now we just need the weather and enough people to do the job (10 people minimum)! Both Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October look promising, so we're keeping an eye on the wind speed forecasts for those days in the hope that one of them will be good. If anybody is available and willing to lend a hand, on either next Tuesday or Wednesday, from 10am till 1pm, can you please email us at We would appreciate all the help we can get. We will know on Monday afternoon which day (if any) we will attempt the job, and we'll post another message here to verify when.
Many thanks in anticipation!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Aubree, from Florida, volunteered as a wwoofer on the farm for one month, and left yesterday to continue her travels in the UK and across Europe. Many many thanks to Aubree for her help, and we hope that her parents manage to restore their hurricane-hit condo in time for her home-coming!

Hayle Hub launch

Last Friday, two representatives of Transition Penwith came to the farm to harvest and collect "reject" (grade-out) vegetables to cook a free lunch for 75 people at their Hayle Hub. We gave them lots of beetroot that had gone soft in storage, and 20kg of potatoes that had worm-holes in, and allowed them to harvest veg from the market garden which we would not be able to sell, such as bolted bulb fennel, big runner beans, and chard and kale with slug holes in it. With this haul they cooked oven-roast veg and a hearty vegetable stew, and the event was very successful. It's amazing what you can do with imperfect produce!
Lesley and Charlie with some of their pickings.
"Transition Penwith's Hayle Hub is a group seeking to build positive communities in all ways from sharing time, food, stories, music making and other activities".

Veg boxes 14th October

On Friday 14th October our veg boxes contained the following (all grown on the community farm):-

Small £6 box - Picasso pink-eyed potatoes, 3 peppers, beetroot, rainbow chard, leafy celery, and mixed salad leaves.

Standard £10 box - Picasso potatoes, onions, beetroot, leeks, 3 peppers, kale, a cucumber, carrots, leafy celery, and mixed salad leaves.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Autumn produce

We have some beautiful produce on the farm this autumn. After last year's failure to produce any leeks or swedes (due to rabbits and neglect) and poor harvests of onions (rabbits and neglect) and beetroot (low fertility), this year we have more quantity and more quality of them all. Weeding, compost/manure, and rabbit-proofing are key!
"Autumn king" carrots

"Summer crooknecked" squash

"Sturon" onions

"Red Baron" onions


mixed peppers

Courgettes and summer squash

Red, golden, and "Chioggia" striped beetroot

"Golden acre" summer cabbage

Mixed salad leaves ready for bagging.

Recent certificates

Bosavern Community Farm has received two certificates recently. The first was from Grow Wild in association with Kew Gardens, "in recognition of our outstanding contribution" to the Grow Wild network, for our bee garden and bee-education shed (both works in progress).
 And the second was from St Just In Bloom, who have just won a gold award and joint "Champion of Champions" for the South West of England. This is the fourth year that the farm has entered the "It's Your Neighbourhood" section, and the second year running we have been awarded "Outstanding".
Neither of these would have come to us if it had not been for the continued invaluable work done by all the volunteers involved with the community farm (more volunteers are always welcome).