“Helping and Learning about the Bees” by Annie Watson
It’s a strange winter. As I write, it’s fifty degrees out. Most of the snow has melted, revealing still-green grass underneath. Rain forecasted for two days from now. A few bees are venturing outside the hive. On these warm days the bees can loosen their cluster and fly outside. They don’t put their waste inside the hive, so warmer days when they can make a short flight are welcome.
I want to tell you about some of the amazing natural beekeeping work people are doing around the country, and list a few ways to help and educate yourself.
Spikenard Farm is the Virginia sanctuary and education centercreated by biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk. If you are interested in beekeeping which respects the need for health and vitality of the bee, you can take a class there.
The New York Bee Sanctuary, a new organization, is building a wildlife sanctuary for honey bees and pollinators in New York State. Their web site has fantastic photographs.
Rodale Wellness has an article on “The 8 Best Plants for Bees,” if you would like to support pollinators in your garden. You don’t have to keep bees to do this. Now’s the time to plan for spring gardening!
Right here in Vermont, Ross Conrad will be teaching two Organic beekeeping classes this winter and spring . Find out more at the Addison County Beekeepers Association.
These listings are only a tiny sampling of what’s available if you want to learn more about bees and pollinators. Without them, we would have neither honey for our Caledonia Spirits, nor much of our food!
Enjoy February and give honey-sweetened chocolates for Valentine’s Day!