Bees are of utmost importance to us at Gluvian. They are part of the indigenous ecosystem and are vital to the pollination of our plants and trees. Being an Organic farm, we don’t use pesticides, so our wildflowers, wild spaces, orchard and hedgerows are abundant with native species which the busy bees thrive in and it’s a healthy habitat for them!
Despite the major insecticide companies insisting that the chemicals they produce are ‘safe’, independent scrutiny from major field trials, have produced reports which are conclusive that the use of pesticides damage the survival of bee colonies, accounting in part for their decline. See here for a recent article from the Guardian.
So what can you do to help? The Soil Association has launched it’s summer campaign #BeeOrganic which we have been following closely and updating social media with images of our little friends on the farm. It doesn’t take a lot to plant bee friendly species in a window box or garden and feel good about being part of their recovery!
I’ve had my eye on this little bad boy for a while. It’s a survivor! In farming, we are often at the mercy of nature, and late this spring we suffered gales which took a few of our fledgling apples off. The effects of the unseasonable weather can be seen all over the local area on windward hedges, where it scalded the spring growth leaves. Very unusual. However, we are still expecting a decent crop as we had a bumper blossom in the orchard and local, industrious bees were busy pollinating whilst collecting the sweet rewards. We will have both ‘eaters’ and ‘cookers’, all juicy and delicious heritage varieties which the family have been ‘scrumping’ for generations. In addition to being available in the farm shop, we will use them in our home produce, including our farm house kitchen jams, jellies and chutneys, except for this one – this one’s mine!
If you are up early enough in the morning, you might be lucky enough to get a view of some of our more elusive wildlife here in Cornwall.
The past week we were blessed with some glorious weather in Cornwall. It was so beautiful that we couldn’t help ourselves getting a bit excited about enjoying the stunning outdoors which we live in. A warm and crackling fire took the chill off the air, and we threw some of our tasty organic sausages and potatoes on top for a scrumptious, simple, supper.
Nothing beats eating outdoors, with the scent of wild garlic just about to burst through the carpet of wild violets and snowdrops in the orchard, and the late winter sun teasing us with the prospect of a new season.
There have been beehives on the farm for many years, but today we had a surprise as an old hive which has been empty for a while is enjoying a new swarm! Fingers crossed we may be treated to some Organic honey soon 🙂