August is traditionally the month where it’s all go at Caerhys, and this year was no exception.

Well into the glut now, this month members saw a bumper crop in their veg boxes, including the first cucumbers, four varieties of tomato, french beans and courgette. It’s a fair assumption that a lot of members will have had their fill of courgette cake and been busy making chutney. And of course more veg means more harvesting!

Luckily, there were extra hands to help, as August saw COCA hosting the last work camp of the year. Once again a raft of volunteers from across Europe came to the farm, to learn about organic permaculture, get a taste of rural welsh life, and get involved with a community agriculture project.

Bumper boxes of veg wasn’t the only thing to be happy about at COCA this month, as August also ushered in the annual Harvest Party, a key fundraiser for COCA, and an opportunity for all the members and volunteers to celebrate all the hard work carried out throughout the year. This summer the event took place over two days, with a lively ceilidh on the Friday evening and on the Saturday a jam packed day of talks, entertainment, music, and, of course, excellent food and drink. Locals and international visitors alike gathered together for a good old fashioned party, and we raised even more money than last year, so a resounding success.

None of it would have been possible without an enormous amount of work from all of our volunteers, and of course a huge effort from the Miles family. Thanks to everyone involved for putting on such a fantastic event!


The Ceilidh

Tasty salad bar

A talk being given in the straw building

The bar staff having fun