Posted on May 30th, 2011 No comments
Community supported agriculture schemes are the buzzword in local food… no two schemes are alike. Yet their benefits always exceed the sum of their parts.
The article explains what Camel CSA does and includes us in its list of useful contacts. It’s all part of the magazine’s Your Community Needs You campaign, which wants to harness the groundswell of support for local food and regional producers.
Apply now: Job opportunity for partnership development coordinator at Camel Community Supported AgriculturePosted on April 19th, 2011 No comments
UPDATE: This vacancy has now been filled
There’s still time to apply! The closing date for applications for Camel CSA’s new post of partnership development coordinator is Tuesday 26 April.
We’re looking for a very special person who can create community links for us in north Cornwall.
S/he will build up partnership agreements with schools, charities and special interest groups. They’ll also arrange group training visits to our two-acre vegetable plot at St Kew Highway near Wadebridge.
This position has been part-funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food Programme.
Food co-op looks for a co-ordinator – Cornish Guardian
Posted on March 30th, 2011 No comments
Western Morning News columnist Gillian Molesworth has got it in for the humble Jerusalem artichoke.
They leer at me from their growing colony in the refrigerator. I’ve roast them, I’ve souped them, I’ve shredded them. My family has suffered digestive consequences. No one will touch them now, no matter what I do.
Well, I’ve got bad news for her: we’ve just planted a large bed of them as a windbreak (!) for our soft fruit area.
In the meantime I suggest she puts her unwanted artichokes on the compost heap along with the swedes that are piling up in her veg rack. Unless she wants to try them raw?
But I hope she resists the temptation to buy out-of-season vegetables that have been flown halfway around the world. As Gillian concludes, what we eat is a question of moral and not just digestive fibre.
Posted on March 16th, 2011 No comments
Our new membership secretary Cath Simmons says:
These hampers will replace the assortment of boxes that are used at the moment. They’ll make the picking and packing sessions a lot more efficient as well as being very practical and good-looking. They’re lined and have sturdy bamboo handles.
As soon as we receive your order, your next weekly veg share will arrive in your new hamper.
The bags are available to standard box customers for the cost price of £5.95 each, or two for £11.90. It’s a returnable deposit, provided the hampers are handed back to us in good condition.
Members will be able to leave an empty bag in the packing shed for when they pick up their veg the following week.
Small vegetable box customers will get this offer at a later date. Regrettably, our consignment of small jute hampers is stuck on the high seas after a maritime collision (you couldn’t make it up!) on the voyage from India.
We’ll keep you posted.
Jute suits – bags replace veg boxes – Cornish Guardian
Posted on January 29th, 2011 No comments
We’re all set up for the vegetable growing season thanks to a generous donation of equipment from the Wadebridge branch of Cornwall Farmers Ltd.
Wadebridge branch manager Julie Russell (on the left of the picture) handed over the tools to Camel CSA growing team members Jeremy B, Bridget, Bob and Mark N. They include two types of spade (digging and border), forks, edgers and hoes.
The growers will be using the tools for the first time this coming Sunday. We need to dig up the perennial docks that are starting to sprout up all over the brassicas section of our plot at St Kew Highway.
Julie praised people in Wadebridge and the surrounding area for our ability to pull together. “There’s quite a community vibe going,” she said. “Cornwall Farmers is a growing business supporting a growing community, and we’re always trying to forge new links.”
Cornwall Farmers has been a Camel CSA sponsor ever since we set up just over two years ago.
Posted on November 26th, 2010 No comments
Vocational students from Wadebridge School dug in and planted hundreds of native hedgerow plants for us around our veg plot.
The Year 11 students enduring freezing conditions on the day that early snow fell in parts of Cornwall.
Assistant head Lee Batemen accompanied them to Camel CSA’s site at St Kew Highway, where he got stuck in too. Lee said: “Wadebridge School is very community focused and we encourage our students to actively get involved with all sorts of community projects like this one.”
Under the guidance of Camel CSA’s professional growers Jeremy Brown and Mark Norman, the students planted mainly hawthorn with hazel, guelder, blackthorn and dog rose. These will provide a haven for wildlife and shelter from the Cornish gales.
The 15-16-year-olds are following a mix of vocational pathways from agriculture to mechanics. They’re already helping to develop the school’s own veg plot on the Wadebridge allotment site.
Youngsters hedge their bets with a day on the land – Cornish Guardian.
Posted on November 21st, 2010 No comments
Camel CSA is strong on community spirit according to the Cornish Guardian, our local weekly newspaper.
It reports that our vegetable-growing co-operative is going from strength to strength now we’ve won Lottery and ECLAG funding.
Camel CSA secretary Mike Sadler told the paper: “Over the past two years we’ve learned a lot. The first growing season was a hard lesson; we had problems with the quality of the soil and predators such as birds and rabbits.
“The second growing year has been much more successful and we’re looking forward to inviting local schools and organisations to come to the site and learn the importance of growing produce and introducing them to healthy living.”
Posted on October 29th, 2010 1 comment
There’s been lots of media coverage about our Lottery and ECLAG grants over the past few days.
Camel residents grow their own – BBC News video
Green-fingered enthusiasts in north Cornwall are celebrating – James Churchfield Show 28-10-10 – BBC Radio Cornwall
Cornish vegetable home-growing scheme awarded £60,000 in grants – Western Morning News
Vegetable group wins grants – Cornish Guardian
Community Supported Agriculture near Wadebridge awarded £60,000 in funding – Wadebridge People
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Posted on April 26th, 2010 No comments
Posted on November 4th, 2009 No comments
We’ve had another mention in the Western Morning News – this time in its Woman section.
WMN Woman’s editor Gillian Molesworth, herself an active Camel CSA member, reveals how she tried to grow vegetables on her own and lost heart. So she fully appreciates what we do:
You get to eat seasonally and locally, and even if there’s a permanent cloud sitting overhead waiting to rain on you when you start digging up carrots, at least you can complain about it to some fellow volunteers, instead of suffering in lonesome silence.
Finding the fun in vegetables – Western Morning News – WMN2 – Woman 30-10-09