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Fantastic French Beans

Those beans are top quality … picked at perfection! Well done team, both for growing them and picking and storing them.  Had a dish tonight of just lightly steamed beans with a little grated cheese and black pepper …. yummy. … Continue reading

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Rock star farmer

Cazz, our grower, is feeling really upbeat about the prospects for our harvest this year. So much so that when a film maker friend visited the farm the other day, Cazz agreed to do a little video out in the … Continue reading

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Next members workday at COCA

Hi … next volunteering get-together for members will be Saturday July 8th, usual time of about 10am start, bring lunch to share. Work plan not sorted yet … and for those of you who have not tried this before we … Continue reading

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Unsave the date!

The  COCA Tapas Feast Night has had to be cancelled for now, unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances. We will let you know when it will be planned again … sorry  for the disappointment for now. Gill

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Save the date for Tapas Night…. July 8th

COCA is holding another great foodie event at Solva Memorial Hall, for the fun of it and the raise a little more funds for the COCA project. This one will be A MIDSUMMER TAPAS FEAST ……  with Shakespearean Undertones. Saturday … Continue reading

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Lovely salad!

Hey chaps … thanks for the big fresh lettuce in this week’s share.  And it is good to have local organic new potatoes and fresh carrots again along with it. Not to mention the beautiful French Beans from the COCA polly … Continue reading

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COCA Herb Garden making this Saturday

Quick reminder of Members Day this Saturday at Caerhys, from 10am.  To help make the herb garden in front of Cartref ….. be creative! Some physical work of clearing and digging soil, some creative carpentry possible (planters? seats? signs?) and … Continue reading

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Members’ herb garden-making day

Saturday June 3rd is earmarked as the next COCA members’ help session , (instead of the last Sat in May which is the Bank Holiday weekend). We want to make the area in front of Cartref attractive and productive with … Continue reading

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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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Come and help this Saturday!

We wouldn’t be asking for help if it wasn’t needed. From 10am onwards, up to about 3pm; come and go as you please. We hope as many of you as possible will turn out this Saturday for an hour or two … Continue reading

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Onion heroes!

Phil plants the last onion in the row (left) and Anthony stands with the completed row (right) …. 3 kg of Onion sets planted by 3 people in just over 2 hours. So only 7 people needed for 2 hours each … Continue reading

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Late notice! Volunteer planting day Tomorrow!

Saturday April 22nd, at the farm any time from 10am… all members, friends and kids are welcome to come and assist with planting the summer crops. Onion sets (little onions… not the fiddly baby plants of last year) to be … Continue reading

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What to do with all that lovely Chard!

A Jamie Oliver recipe for a Greek style Chard and feta cheese pie is worth looking up … I just made a version tonight: onions and fennel sliced and cooked in a little oil til soft, add garlic and sliced … Continue reading

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Support your local health stores as well!

Hi again …. it was remiss of me to advertise C and M organics over and above our own local health food stores in Fishguard and Haverfordwest. Please do of course use these local businesses. They provide a much wider … Continue reading

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Other organic produce for COCA members

Hi … everything from fresh organic Turmeric to Ecover Toilet rolls, Grapefruit to Grumpy Mule ground Coffee, and all the cheese, peanut butter and goodies in between …… just to remind you that COCA has an arrangement with C and M Organics of … Continue reading

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Annual General Meeting: change of date

The AGM will now be held on Saturday May 13th, not April 29th.  It will be held in Cartref (the straw bale building) at Caerhys Farm , starting at 7pm.  There will be a buffet meal to share and we … Continue reading

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Small items for Volunteer vans

Our first 2 volunteers of the year arrive this weekend, and the caravan for them has been cleaned but we need a few more items, if you should have something spare. We need 1 an indoor sweeping brush 2. a … Continue reading

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Veg pick up now from Cartref!

    As of this week the veg pick up will now be from Cartref COCA, our community straw building!   This marks the start of full time use of the building, which was built thanks to a huge amount … Continue reading

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Helping with Friday Harvests

Hi all … Friday harvest starts at around 11am in these dark winter days and we really would appreciate more help, if possible, especially as one of the “regulars” is away at the moment. Lack of help is limiting the harvest and what … 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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COCA Newsletter for St Davids that they didn’t have room to publish

 November 2015 A busy growing season!      Increased membership : COCA , based at Caerhys Farm near Berea, overlooking Abereiddy,  is coming to the end of its sixth growing season., and looking back over a very,  very busy year.  The … 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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Scarecrow appeal!

Urgent appeal from the Growers group: we need scarecrows to defeat pigeons! Are you (and your children) free to help with a morning of scarecrow making this Saturday, from 10am? Straw and poles provided, but bring any old clothes to … 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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July 1st Price Rise

At this years AGM, members voted to increase the monthly minimum cost of a share. Following on from that vote, as of the 1st July, large shares will be £47 a month (up from £42), and small shares will be … 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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May Round Up

It’s been the height of the ‘hungry gap’ this month at COCA, as we turn over to the summer crops, and the greens in the polytunnels make way for this year’s tomato crop. It leaves us with slightly less veg … 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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AGM postponed (again!)

The AGM is postponed (again!) to Thursday April 23rd 2015, still at 7pm for 7.30pm start, at Llanrhian Village Hall.  Having postponed before to avoid clashing with the campaign to save Ysgol Dewi Sant, they then changed their meeting date … Continue reading

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March Round Up

We had a great turn out for the volunteer work day this month, and despite blustery conditions and the odd bit of rain the gang were able to turn over the whole seed bed in just a few hours. In … Continue reading

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Good Friday Activity: Wild Flower Planting

This Good Friday we’re holding a special activity morning for members – wild flower seed planting! From 10am until 1pm, we’ll be preparing some raised beds (COCA style) and planting seeds to encourage more biodiversity on the farm. We’ve been … Continue reading

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February Round-Up

February has been both “fill dyke” and also dry so a variety of tasks have been achieved at COCA this month. Caz has been helped latterly by Flemming, from Germany, here as Wwoofer until mid March. Bit by bit, old crops … Continue reading

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Bee keeping course

Bee workshop this Saturday 28/02/2015 10am sharp till 4pm. This is the first beekeeper workshop run especially for COCA members with intention to share knowledge and mentor us throughout the year. Our mentor is Robert Jones his honey is sold … Continue reading

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January Round-Up

Throughout the coming year, at the end of each month, we’ll be posting a round up of what’s been going on at COCA over the past few weeks. Here’s what’s been happening so far in 2015. We started January with a bit … Continue reading

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Easy fundraising

Do you buy anything online? If you do – anything from shopping for books to booking trips away – did you know you could be raising a free donation for COCA? One of our members – thanks Adam! – tipped us … Continue reading

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Cauliflower Treasure

  A belated Xmas pic of heroic Caz, Gerald and Lesley at the end of the pre-Xmas harvest with some glorious surprise cauliflower heads they found.  Not enough to share with everyone, unfortunately (…. caulis always seem to keep us … Continue reading

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