It’s fair to say that summer’s on the way now, after some beautiful sunny weather over the past few weeks (though with some high winds thrown in at times too). The month got off to a great start with a special Good Friday activity, planting up some raised beds with wild flowers, to help improve biodiversity on the farm. With no woofers to help this month, Caz and the growing team volunteers have been flat out trying to get everything done. Missions have included clearing out the polytunnels, planting tomatoes, cabbage and other seedlings, the row crops and potatoes, as well as 3,000 onions. Other jobs have included laying out the black plastic sheeting around the crops, and getting to grips with the plans for our new irrigation system. After last year’s incredibly dry summer, there’s a determination to reduce the amount of time that has to be spent manually watering the crops in the peak of the season.
This month also saw COCA hold its Annual General Meeting, where the members came together to share some food, watch some short films on the subject of community agriculture, and of course discuss the general management of COCA over the coming year. We have some exciting developments ahead: Cartref COCA, the project to construct a new store shed and indoor space for COCA members; a new paid part-time role to look after membership, admin and marketing; our second summer of UNA Exchange volunteer working fortnights; our annual Harvest Party get-together and fundraiser; and of course lots and lots of growing!
And on the subject of growing, April’s volunteer work day was attended by one of our younger members, who shared their experience of the day with us in this fantastic blog post, which is well worth a read.