We’re a real growing community

July 13, 2009

An amazing amount of volunteer effort has gone into producing Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s bountiful harvest over the past fortnight.  Some fresh faces have joined the teams which have been busy tackling the weeds, cultivating the vegetables and packing the weekly boxes.

Our volunteer task force sowed more lettuces and spring onions at the weekend.  We weeded the brassicas, potatoes and celeriac and planted out courgettes.  More dock leaves were cut down to prevent the seed spreading.

Many thanks to expert growers Jane and Jeremy and to members Carolyn, Charlotte, Danny, six-year-old Haydn, John, Kayleigh, Kitty, Mark, Mike H, Mike S and guest Pat.

We’ve decided to move the weekday volunteer growers’ slot to Friday mornings to coincide with the picking and packing team, who arrive at 10 a.m.   Just turn up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m if you’d like to help out preparing vegetable beds, sowing, planting and weeding.  

The Sunday growers’ slot will continue as usual, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The picking and packing team last Friday comprised expert grower Mark plus Cath, Mike H, Penny, Robert, Yvonne and her visiting parents.   As there seem to be so many willing volunteers to help share out the harvest we have decided to organise a rota in future weeks.  As Mark explains:

“We had a great turnout of volunteers for picking and making up the boxes which meant we were able to be finished in little over an hour and a half !”

What’s in the boxes?

The standard boxes (£8) contained: –

  • 1 kg potatoes (Arran Pilot)
  • 1 kg broad beans (Super Aquadulce or Bunyard’s Exhibition)
  • peas (Rondo)
  • beetroot
  • 3 onions
  • courgettes
  • salad bag
  • cucumber
  • parsley (flat-leaved)
  • turnip or extra courgette

The small boxes (£5) contained: –

  • 600g potatoes (Arran Pilot)
  • 750g broad beans (Super Aquadulce or Bunyard’s Exhibition)
  • peas (Progress)
  • beetroot
  • 1 medium onion
  • parsley (flat-leaved)
  • lettuce (red oakleaf)

Some items were provided by our team of expert growers from their own plots.  The salad bags and cucumber came from Jane and Gav Mellowship at New Polzeath; the courgettes from Mark Norman at Bodmin; the lettuces from Jeremy and Antonina Brown at St Kew Highway.

If you’d like to give some feedback on box content, click on the comments link at the top of this post.

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