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5 reasons to come to COCA’s AGM

At 7pm on Saturday 13th May we will be holding our Annual General Meeting at Cartref COCA, Caerhys Farm. We warmly invite all of our members to come along and here are five reasons why you might want to join … Continue reading

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Best thing since sliced bread

Say hello to Pembrokeshire’s freshest social enterprise…Torth Y Tir…a new bakery based out of St Davids. They bake the tastiest and most honest bread around. What’s more it’s a community supported bakery which means anyone can become a member of … Continue reading

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Passionate about food?

Everyone should have access to locally grown, healthy food and know who grew it and how. Agree? Then maybe you’d fancy getting involved in running Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture (COCA)… COCA is a community supported agriculture project and one of … Continue reading

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Cartref COCA Update

On Tuesday we took a step closer to finishing our new community building Cartref COCA. We spent the day laying the floor which was compacted limestone aggregate – fortunately we were indoors as the weather was typically unpredictable for March … Continue reading

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February’s Winning Photo

‘Red mustard leaves in the polytunnel’ was the winning photo for February. It was taken by one of our new EVS volunteers Agnes Pautrel. Our oriental salads are growing well at the moment and the photo captures the colours and … Continue reading

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January’s Photo of the Month

‘The field of dreams’ was January’s photo of the month. In between the wind and rain, the sun shone for a moment over COCA’s growing field. Although there may not be much growing at the moment, come the summer it … Continue reading

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New Year brings big news for COCA

On 6th January we had fantastic news from our friends at UNA Exchange…thanks to their support we will be welcoming two new arrivals to the COCA team on the 5th February. Agnes and Hugo – both from France – will … Continue reading

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December’s Winning Photo

‘Flying dog with wind blown sprouts’ was the winner of COCA’s photo competition for December. The photo was taken during some of the worst of the winds that we had during the month and in the distance you can see … Continue reading

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COCA PHOTO COMPETITION

From tomorrow (1st December) we will be launching COCA’s new monthly photo competition. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned photographer, it will be open to all (members and non-members). It will run from this December to November 2016 and … Continue reading

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Final piece of the jigsaw; lime render

This Saturday 7th November from 10am we will be working on the last big thing which will make our new community building Cartref COCA watertight – the lime rendering. We will be going at it from 10am and hoping to … Continue reading

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Still spaces on October 24th Willow basket workshop

On Saturday 24th October COCA will be hosting Cassandra again and this time with a Staked Shopping Basket Workshop (photo below). Make a medium sized round basket with a handle suitable for a big load! Using willow grown at the … Continue reading

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Straw bale building while the sun shines!

From this Thursday (1st October) through to the middle of next week we will be building the straw bale walls for Cartref COCA and putting the roof on. On Thursday, Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday we will be working on … Continue reading

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A perfect day for straw

Bathed in September sunshine the straw bales for our low impact community building were baled today down the road in St Davids. They are all now safely tucked up in the barn at Caerhys ready to be made into the … Continue reading

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Cartref COCA keeps making progress

After the success of the car tyre foundation volunteer day in June, this past weekend saw the construction of the carpentry elements for the straw bale walls. On Saturday and Sunday our talented members Andy Gill and Ben Hughes transformed … Continue reading

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Willow Basket Weaving Workshops

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Cassandra Lishman to COCA this autumn to lead two Willow Basket Weaving Workshops. Saturday 26th September:Large Frame Basket Workshop (photo below)   In one day make a large basket suitable for carrying all your veg! … Continue reading

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Harvest Party Saturday Aug 29th

After last year’s epic event we will once again be hosting our Harvest Party on Saturday August 29th at Caerhys Farm, Berea. This year we will be kicking things off much earlier with the farm gates opening at midday and … Continue reading

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Cartref COCA taking shape

  Last Saturday 27th June we had a great turnout to build the car tyre foundation for our new community building. Almost thirty people turned up during the course of the day and the help of everyone was greatly appreciated. … Continue reading

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Car tyre foundation volunteer day!

Next Saturday 27th June we will be making a start on the car tyre foundation for our exciting new building – Cartref COCA. It will be a straight forward task – putting the car tyres into position on the ground … Continue reading

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S4C filming at harvest this Friday!

A film crew, for Welsh program on S4C – Boomerang, will be at COCA’s harvest this Friday 15 May filming for harvest action and interviews, it would be great to have as many members and families as possible on the … Continue reading

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Cartref COCA Site Clearance this Saturday 16th May

Work to build our eagerly anticipated new home – Cartref COCA – will start this Saturday 16th May in advance of building the car tyre foundation in June. The site is currently being used for storage and it all needs … Continue reading

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Harvest Party – 3 days to go!

Feel-good music, sweet apple cider, wholesome cob-oven pizza – is there a better way to spend the last Friday evening of August? The Harvest Party this Friday will be a celebration of all things Pembrokeshire; here is a taster of … Continue reading

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Harvest Party!

Tickets now for sale for COCA’s Harvest Party on Friday 29th August 7pm at the Barn at Caerhys Farm, Berea, St Davids. There will be live music from two fantastic Pembrokeshire groups – Little Arrow and Daisyb. Little Arrow, who … Continue reading

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Thank You UNA Work Camp 2!

Last Saturday 5th July our second UNA international volunteer workcamp of the summer came to a close and it proved to be just as successful as the first one. A BIG THANK YOU to Pelin and Toralp from Turkey, Tatiana … Continue reading

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Scarecrowtastic!

Organic pest control at its best on Saturday as we built five new scarecrows for the field which will hopefully keep those pesky pigeons at bay! Click on the pictures for a bigger view: Thanks to Stuart, Heather, Emily, Karen … Continue reading

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Scarecrow building tomorrow!

Looks like it will be a showery one tomorrow so a chance to do a much needed task which can be done undercover – scarecrow making! Bring along any old clothes (brighter the better) plus any old CDs to tie … Continue reading

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Volunteer Day This Saturday & Cob Oven Stew for Lunch!

This Saturday (28th June) will be Volunteer Day at the farm. Come down to Caerhys from 10am for lots of fun! Caz will let us know the plan at the start but there are plenty of tasks that need doing. … Continue reading

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Thank you!

 Now that our first of three international volunteer workcamps is over I want to say some big thank yous on behalf of the COCA Core Group. Firstly to the four wonderful volunteers who travelled to COCA to take part in … Continue reading

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The benefits of farming together

This is a good article on what community supported agriculture is all about.  Plus some info on two other CSAs (Chagfood and FoodSmiles). http://www.lovefood.com/journal/features/29232/community-supported-agriculture-the-benefits-of-farming-together  

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Core Group changes at the AGM

A brief note from our AGM: COCA had its AGM on the 1st April at Curtis House, St Davids and elected its ‘Core Group’ for 2014. This will be Wyn Buick (Chair), Val Buick, Gil Lewis, Fiona Michael, David Hunter, … Continue reading

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