COCA got a big helping hand at the start of June, when we were joined by six volunteers who came to take part in one of the summer’s UNA exchanges. Along with the regular growing team, the volunteers helped with planting and transferring of hundreds of plants: 500 brassicas including cabbage, kale and broccoli, as well as pumpkins, bean sprouts and 200 sweetcorn. Not to mention getting up to date with the weeding, always a challenge at Caerhys! And they obviously enjoyed it, as two of the volunteers, Tom and Antonia, decided to stay on as wwoofers for a little longer after, with Tom then leading the next UNA exchange toward the end of the month.
And in case you haven’t seen it already, recently a COCA member came across this fab video made on the farm last summer, set to the tune of Pharrell William’s ‘Happy’. I think it’s fair to say last year’s UNA Exchange volunteers had a good time too.
After each UNA visit the core group discuss how to make the experience better for everyone involved next time, and a smart suggestion that came out of this visit was for there to be multi-lingual picture guides of the tools used on the farm for all of the volunteers to reference, and those are being developed at the moment.
Outside of the UNA Exchange, there were also a lot of helping hands present for this month’s volunteer work day, which was a little different to usual, as it saw the foundations going down for our new sustainably built store shed and community building. You can read all about that here.
Finally, just one last reminder that as of July 1st the price for all shares has risen, as voted for by COCA members. Large shares are now £47 and small shares £25. If you forgot to adjust your standing order on time, please top up the difference. Full details can be found here.