Watch Camel Community Supported Agriculture as BBC Countryfile explores the Camel Trail in north Cornwall

May 27, 2024

We’re super excited to appear on BBC Countryfile’s visit to the Camel Trail in our beautiful corner of north Cornwall.

The programme features Camel CSA’s climate-friendly veg growing practices and the work our landowners The Gaia Trust are doing to restore nature at Treraven Farm, near Wadebridge, along with lots of other wonderful things that are happening along the Trail.

Watch the full programme here on BBC iPlayer, very conveniently we’re on close to the start!

We’re still grappling with the slow beginning to the growing season

June 16, 2024

What a good selection of vegetables in our boxes this week, despite the late start to the growing season. After such a challenging winter, we’re buying in far more box contents than usual at this time of year. Our own crops continue to come on slowly in the unusually cool June temperatures.

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*broad beans
*whole lettuce
*new potatoes ‘Colleen’
*carrots (Organic North)
Cornish strawberries (Gluvian Growers, St Columb)
*dried British chickpeas or lentils (Hodmedod’s)

Also in the standard boxes:
*chard or turnips
*sprouted alfalfa seeds
*purple sprouting broccoli (Organic North)

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*new potatoes ‘Colleen’
*seasonal salad leaf mix
*broad beans
*parsley
*‘wet’ green garlic or our own chilli jelly
*Isle of Wight tomatoes (Riverford Wholesale)
strawberries (Gluvian Growers, St Columb)

Also in the standard boxes:
*radishes or extra strawberries
*extra Isle of Wight tomatoes or extra strawberries
*bean sprouts

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

Camel CSA’s Cornish early potatoes are ready

June 10, 2024

It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for! The first earlies are ready to harvest and our growers and volunteers are digging them up. Early potatoes so fresh and flavoursome – what a wonderful treat.

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*new potatoes ‘Colleen’
*seasonal salad leaf mix
*broad beans
*parsley
*‘wet’ green garlic or our own chilli jelly
*Isle of Wight tomatoes (Riverford Wholesale)
strawberries (Gluvian Growers, St Columb)

Also in the standard boxes:
*radishes or extra strawberries
*extra Isle of Wight tomatoes or extra strawberries
*bean sprouts

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

First outdoor salad leaves being harvested

June 3, 2024

At long last! Our growers and volunteers are picking the first of the colourful outdoor lettuces for the veg boxes. So far this year we’ve had to rely on green salad leaves grown solely in the polytunnels.

We’re gradually catching up and getting back on schedule now the weather’s warming up.

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*seasonal salad leaf mix
*parsley
*asparagus (Riverford Wholesale)
*celery (Riverford)
strawberries (Gluvian Growers, St Columb)
potatoes ‘Manitou’ (Trerair Farm, St Eval)

Also in the standard boxes:
*broad beans
*‘wet’ green garlic
*sprouted fenugreek seeds

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

Storm-damaged polytunnel covers replaced at last

May 16, 2024

We’re feeling such an incredible sense of relief. A wonderful team of volunteers made the most of still, warm weather at the weekend to replace two polytunnel covers that were torn off in the winter storms.

Camel CSA has lost a lot of valuable growing space and time during this extremely difficult start to the season, so we’re very grateful to be getting back to normal business on our site at Treraven Farm.

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*chard
*seasonal salad leaf mix
*parsley plant in a pot
Tamar valley strawberries (Continental Wholesale Fruits, Pensilva)
cauliflower (Gluvian Growers, St Columb)
potatoes ‘Manitou’ (Trerair Farm, St Eval)

Also in the standard boxes:
*radishes
*spring onions
leeks (Trerair)

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

We’re hiring: Camel CSA is looking for a new lead grower

May 7, 2024

We’re seeking a part-time, self-employed lead grower to join our friendly and hard-working team at Camel Community Supported Agriculture in Wadebridge, Cornwall. 

Our community growing scheme at Treraven Farm has been growing vegetables agroecologically for the past 15 years. We supply weekly veg boxes throughout the year to a membership of up to 70 local households. 

The growing team produces indoor and outdoor crops to ensure constant quality and quantity all year round, while providing a weekly veg share that is varied as much as possible throughout the seasons. 

The lead grower is responsible for crop management including seed selection, sowing, propagation, transplanting, crop rotation, composting, weed control, irrigation and pest and disease management on the farm, as well as managing the growing team and supporting volunteers to produce a variety of vegetables. 

We are looking for an experienced commercial grower who understands and is committed to CSA values. There may be days where the work may be done alone, so motivation is vital for this physical job. Much of the work is outdoors in all weathers. 

Working as an effective team, good communication and responsiveness are all important. 

Please apply in writing including a cover letter and CV to secretary@camel-csa.org.uk.

The full job description can be viewed and downloaded below.

Organic celeriac and new-season asparagus in the veg boxes

May 6, 2024

We always get very inventive at this time of year. We need to find ways to bridge the hungry gap as we wait for this season’s newly-planted crops to mature.

The new-season UK asparagus in our vegetable boxes comes via Organic North, the wonderful cooperative wholesalers in Manchester. It was grown on Bedlam Farms in the Fens. We also have some enormous celeriac roots from Chapel Organics at North Berwick in Scotland.

Just a little further afield than usual!

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*spring cabbage
*asparagus (Organic North)
*celeriac (Organic North)
leeks (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
cauliflower (Gluvian Growers, St Columb)
potatoes ‘Manitou’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*seasonal salad leaf mix
*spring onions / chives
*sprouted fenugreek seeds

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

Seasonal stalwarts help fill our veg boxes during the hungry gap

April 27, 2024

A couple of super stalwarts have starring roles in our veg boxes this week – organic yellow oyster mushrooms from Forest Fungi in Dawlish, and our own rhubarb chard.

Both are reliably available during the hungry gap when British-grown seasonal vegetables become increasingly scarce. They’re also extremely delicious!

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*red rhubarb chard
*radishes
*yellow oyster mushrooms (Forest Fungi, Dawlish)
leeks (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
cauliflower (Gluvian Growers, St Columb)
potatoes ‘Manitou’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*oriental stir fry or *salad leaf mix
*dried British-grown chickpeas (Hodmedod’s)

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

Camel CSA’s veg growers are making up for lost time

April 21, 2024

It’s hard work doing catch-up but so much easier when the sky’s blue, the air’s warm and the ground’s dry!

Our growers and volunteers are working flat out to get the new season’s crops planted after the unusually wet and windy winter. It’s now the ‘hungry gap’ when there are fewer seasonal vegetables to harvest.

The beautiful spring sunshine has enabled them to push on with preparing beds, weeding, spreading and making compost, sowing seeds and planting out seedlings.

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*spring onions
*elephant garlic
*oriental stir fry or *salad leaf mix
*Shiitake mushrooms (Forest Fungi, Dawlish)
leeks (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Manitou’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*mung bean sprouts
*can of fava beans (Hodmedod’s)
red cabbage (Trerair)

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

Extreme weather leads to food shortages

April 17, 2024

We are facing some unprecedented challenges this spring. And we’re not the only ones.

The home-grown vegetables we love so much are now in the grip of the UK ‘hungry gap’ when overwintered veg are coming to an end and this season’s crops have yet to mature.

In this week’s veg boxes we have an amazing selection of our own salad leaves, stir fry mix, chard, radishes, rhubarb, kale, elephant garlic and beetroot.

Over the next few weeks we’re preparing to buy in an increasing proportion of veg box contents from other growers – sometimes from much further afield than Cornwall.

It won’t be straightforward as all growers are facing enormous challenges, delays and shortages arising from the recent torrential rain.

The upside is that we’ve already prepared lots of growing beds, spread vast quantities of homemade compost and planted all the early potatoes.

The broad beans are flowering and the young pepper, aubergine, chilli and tomato seedlings are growing on strongly. The small propagation polytunnel is full of onion, root veg and brassica plants ready to go out as the ground dries and begins to warm up.

It’s really reassuring to know that it won’t be too long before the weekly veg boxes are almost 100% full of our own homegrown produce again. But as the climate crisis brings more chaos to our weather systems we’re all having to learn to adapt.

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*oriental stir fry or *salad leaf mix
*radishes or *beetroot
*red Russian kale or *rhubarb chard
purple sprouting broccoli (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
leeks (Trerair)
cauliflower (Gluvian Growers, St Columb)
potatoes ‘Manitou’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*rhubarb
*elephant garlic
*can of carlin peas (Hodmedod’s)

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

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