Hello everyone! This is Sadie, taking a stab at my first blog post! On Monday I had the joyful experience of exploring the social insect world and conquering fears in the apiary when I introduced 20 “Farm to Table” campers (9-12 year-olds from around Boston) to my two honeybee colonies at Leland – Linden and Locust. I was so inspired by this group of young people who will be the next generation of environmental stewards, and was reminded of one of the key reasons I keep bees –  to educate and engage people (especially children) in ecological exploration and the interconnectedness of all life on earth. 

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In that vein of thought, Addy, Kathleen (one of Leland garden’s co-founders who has tended the garden since it was created on neglected vacant land in 1983) and I will be speaking about our experiences and philosophy of beekeeping in a communal garden on National Honey Bee Day this Saturday, August 17th at 5:00pm at Follow The Honey, Inc. Come join us – and other wonderful tenders and lovers of bees – for an hour or the whole day! See below for the schedule and link to the event’s facebook page.

NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY ~ Massachusetts

The National Honey Bee Day Theme 2013
“Beekeeping – Ask Me How to Get Started”

August 17 2013 SATURDAY
Hosted by Follow The Honey, Inc.
1132 Massachusetts Avenue
Harvard Square ~ between Club Oberon & Karma Yoga

Join us on the Nectar Deck for a day of fun, free & informal talks by the following fabulous honey bee mavens!

Noon: Kevin Block-Schwenk, professor of mathematics and economics at Berklee College of Music ~ “BEE WAGES”

1pm Rick Reault, New England Beekeeping Supplies & Carlisle honey ~ BEEKEEPING 101

2pm Benadette Manning, Classroom Hives, Inc. “Why Do Bees Build Hexagonal Prisms”

3pm Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich, Best Bees, Inc. “What’s Killing our Honey Bees?”

4pm Jeff Murray, Classroom Hives, Inc. “Observation Hive Management at Home”

5pm Sadie Richards & Addy Smith-Reiman of http://www.HerbanHoney.com + Kathleen Robinson: “Engaging Kids (& Kids at Heart) in Urban Beekeeping At Boston’s Leland Community Herb Garden & Beyond”

6 pm Toni Bee, Cambridge Populist Poet “Emeritas” performing Original Mellifluous Odes to the Bees

Through the afternoon Melissa Brodeur of Bee Well Massage will be on site with mini-chair massages. Proceeds to bee research!

7pm ~ we’re planning a pot luck with our honey bee crew to celebrate our 2nd year anniversary. Please bring something to share and mingle with the BEE’ple! ♥

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