Posted on June 22nd, 2011 No comments
We turned our grow-your-own dream into reality with the support and guidance of the Soil Association via Making Local Food Work. We have £60,000 funding from the Big Lottery’s Local Food programme and the East Cornwall Local Action Group (part of the South West Regional Development Agency).
Posted on June 5th, 2009 No comments
Countless visitors have stopped to chat and to find out more about our community food growing project, which is the first of its kind in Cornwall.
They have admired Antonina’s fresh and original design and Jane’s bountiful display of plants in boxes. Everyone has been really impressed with the beautiful peas, the vast courgette plant, the kohl rabi, broad beans, mint and parsley as well as the marigolds, nasturtiums and cornflowers.
Lots of people have wanted to touch the peapods. Small children were tempted to pick and eat them!
We have fielded all kinds of questions and dealt with a variety of comments, as Antonina explains: -
Courgette plant - are the spots dangerous?
Are the peas a certain kind?
How do you deal with black fly on broad beans? Is it best to plant broad beans in autumn or spring?
How do you cook kohl rabi?
Why are the beetroot sooo big?
Why is the cauliflower pink?
Can I pick some of the mint to go in my salad?
Why not grow this and that?
I grow mine like this and that….!!!
We have sold a large number of freshly-picked mixed salad bags. The National Trust chef incorporated several of our salad packs in a cookery demonstration and has ordered several more to use on the third and final day.
We have been sharing the stand with the newly-formed West Penwith Community Supported Agriculture project and we wish them the very best in their new venture.
We have one more day at the show before our first Open Day on Sunday – Open Farm Sunday. Watch this space.
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 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.