Posted on May 31st, 2009 No comments
Visitors to the show and the Open Day will be able to talk to our enthusiastic volunteers, find out what we’re growing, and discover the benefits of getting involved in our community food growing venture.
You will find our stand in the show’s popular Cornwall Food and Farming Pavilion from Thursday 4 June to Saturday 6 June. Make sure you come and visit us there.
We will be selling freshly-picked salad packs and signing up new members to our local food project - the first of its kind in Cornwall.
We are sharing the stand with the Soil Association, which has just helped to set up the new West Penwith Community Supported Agriculture project. We are also there thanks to the Plunkett Foundation, which manages the Making Local Food Work campaign.
The next day, on Sunday 7 June, we are holding a series of Open Farm Sunday events between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. including guided tours of the site at St Kew Highway near Wadebridge.
There will be family activities and all-day refreshments including homemade cakes and cold drinks, with a barbeque from 12 noon – 2 p.m. You are welcome to bring your own picnic.
Schedule of events: -
11:30 Guided tour
12:00 Making bee nests, planting lettuces
12:30 Sheep shearing demonstration
13:00 Scarecrow making
13:30 Guided tour
14:00 Making bee nests, planting lettuces
14:30 Sheep shearing demonstration
15:00 Scarecrow making
15:30 Guided tour
If you are a member and are able to help out, please get in touch.
Click here for directions to Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s site at St Kew Highway.
Click here to view our entry on the Open Farm Sunday website and details of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), the national charity that helps bring farmers and consumers together.
Posted on May 26th, 2009 No comments
We’re having an extra mid-week volunteer session on Thursday as there’s so much work to do at Camel Community Supported Agriculture. Charlotte, Kitty and Mike S have already put their names forward.
If you’re able to give a hand, we’ll be on the site this Thursday 28 May between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Click here for directions.
If you can’t make it on Thursday morning, why not give expert grower Jeremy Brown a ring on 07971762227 to find out when else it might be convenient to help out.
Medals all round
Last Sunday’s team deserves special praise. Everyone got down on their knees and hand weeded.
The onion, shallot and Swiss chard beds were comparatively easy to tackle, but weeding the carrots by hand was an exacting and extremely fiddly job. The air was blue at times. We’ll savour every single one of those carrots when they appear in our weekly vegetable boxes!
Grateful thanks to volunteer expert growers Jane, Jeremy and Mark and to their willing helpers – Beverley, Cath, Carolyn, Charlotte, John, Kitty, Mike H and Mike S.
There’s so much effort going into preparing the first vegetable shares, which should start to be available in mid-June. A lot of thought is being given to when and how they will be picked, packed and distributed.
We’ll be working on the site as usual next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Do come along and enjoy the fresh air and exercise. It’s not all hard work. It’s good company – and fun too.
Posted on May 21st, 2009 No comments
Expert grower Jane Mellowship says: -
“On Sunday we have lots to get done. Brassica, celeriac, parsley and spring onion plugs need to be planted out, there’s sweetcorn and squash to sow and plenty of weeding too.
Hope to see you all then!”
Posted on May 15th, 2009 No comments
Camel Community Supported Agriculture has a stand in the show’s Cornwall Food and Farming Pavilion. This is thanks to the Plunkett Foundation, which manages the nationwide Making Local Food Work campaign, and also the support of the Soil Association.
The pavilion is a must-see feature which hosts 60 local producers and their displays of Cornish food and drink. It attracts thousands of show visitors every year.
If you are a Camel CSA member and would like to help out on the stand for a few hours please get in touch with Antonina at St Kew Harvest on 01208 841818.
Posted on May 12th, 2009 No comments
Members are more than welcome to volunteer to work during the week - not just on Sunday mornings.
Give expert grower Jeremy Brown a ring on 07971762227 to find out when it might be convenient to help out on Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s vegetable beds. Weather permitting, of course!
He’s there every day as a member of the farming family who own the land and who have generously offered it rent-free to Camel CSA for the first few months. He grows his own vegetables on the adjoining plot to sell at St Kew Harvest Farm Shop.
Jeremy can arrange to meet you on the site and explain what jobs need to be done. These might include sowing seeds in the potting shed, spreading compost on new beds and weeding around our emerging crops.
Last Sunday we got several new beds raked, fresh compost spread and more seeds sown, including an extra row of peas and some more radishes. We planted out beetroot and chard seedlings and hoed up weeds in the pea, onion and shallot beds.
The devastation to the first rows of peas that had to be replaced was caused by the pea and bean weevil, not slugs. Apologies all round. Either the resident pheasant or a partridge has been having a go at the spring onions, but the damage is not lasting.
A big thank you to Sunday’s energetic crew – volunteer expert growers Jane, Jeremy B and Mark N and volunteer members Carolyn, Charlotte, Diana, Kitty, Mike H and Mike S.
We had a useful discussion during the tea break about the kind of activities we want to organise for the Open Day on Sunday 7 June – Open Farm Sunday. Any suggestions welcome.
Click here to view our entry on the Open Farm Sunday website.
Posted on May 9th, 2009 No comments
Mark Norman, one of Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s three expert growers, recommends that we all catch up on the BBC2 documentary A Farm for the Future if we haven’t watched it already.
It tells the story of a small South Devon farm that has been in the same family for seven generations. The film was made by Rebecca Hosking, an environmentalist and wildlife film-maker, who grew up on the farm.
Rebecca Hosking’s film should be an inspiration to those of us who have chosen to get together to grow our own food.
Watch this video clip when she investigates how much fossil fuel is used in the making of a sandwich bought from a garage.
Posted on May 8th, 2009 No comments
A message for anyone planning to volunteer this weekend from Jane Mellowship, one of Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s expert growers.
“Just to let you know the jobs for this Sunday.
“There are lettuce and leeks to sow in the potting shed and out in the field we need to transplant brassicas and chard.
“A second sowing of beetroot can be made and, as long as the weather is good and a bed can be formed with the tractor, a second sowing of carrots. Other than that, weeding the onion beds and probably the peas.
“See you Sunday.”
Last Sunday a bunch of around 10 volunteers got a lot more weeding done, but had to replant a row of brassica seedlings that had been devastated by another predator. We should probably blame the resident pheasant this time, as it left tell-tale beak marks and foot prints!
The second sowing of peas that replaced the 30-metre row eaten by slugs is now emerging safely under a protective fleece.
Many thanks to volunteers Beverley, Cath, Charlotte, Mark N, Mike H, Mike S, Jane, Jeremy B, John and Kitty.
This Sunday turn up any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Remember to bring strong shoes or wellies, waterproofs, gardening gloves, drinks and a snack. Also tools, ideally wheelbarrows, shovels, spades, forks and rakes. If the weather’s good you might need suncream and a hat!
Click here for directions to the site. If you have any questions call Antonina at St Kew Harvest Farm Shop on 01208 841818.
Posted on May 7th, 2009 No comments
Camel Community Supported Agriculture is opening its site to the public on Sunday 7 June - Open Farm Sunday.
We want people to come and find out what we’re doing to promote local food, see what we’re growing, talk to our enthusiastic volunteers and discover the benefits of joining our community group in north Cornwall.
Click here to see our details on the Open Farm Sunday website.
Watch our latest video to find out what has inspired people to join Camel Community Supported Agriculture and get involved in growing their own food.