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Bee Friendly Day!

 

Crossroads Farm will be holding a wonderful (and free!) community event on Saturday July 11th from 1 to 4 pm called Bee Friendly Day. It will be an afternoon filled with learning about our local honeybees, and how organic living can BEE helpful to these great little bugs. Our farm with be BUZZING with activities for young children, older children, and adults of all ages. There will also be vendors selling BEEautiful items like local honey, beeswax candles, soaps, and honey sticks.

Bee Friendly Day will be our way of supporting the movement to protect the honeybee in the best way we know how—through a big community event at our farm! Organic farming is not our only passion here at Crossroads Farm. We believe not only in the wonders of an organic lifestyle, but we’re passionately concerned about the earth and how we can protect it by doing even the smallest of actions in our local communities. Interestingly, a major indicator that tells us if our environment is healthy and thriving are the honeybees. Without them, we lose a significant pollinator for our food crops and flowers; truly, our lives just wouldn’t be the same without those busy little creatures. Saving the honeybee is a goal here at Crossroads Farm and we hope to share it with you too at Bee Friendly Day.

On July 11th, you will be able to see our hives, with the busy bees zooming in and out as they work, work, work! We will have our beekeeper, Bruce Travins, here to discuss all about our resident honeybees. Biologist, Dr. George Russell, will further discuss our yellow and black friends and the serious crisis of their sustainability. Crossroads Farm Greenhouse Manager, Stephanie Kane, will give a presentation on how to achieve an organic lifestyle and how this can help the health of the honeybee.

The farm staff and volunteers will lead a HIVE of activities for our visitors, young and old. Our littlest visitors can have their faces painted like bees, listen to children’s stories, learn the dance of the bees, model a bee using beeswax, and partake in making a mural for the farm.

For our older adolescent visitors, we will be holding a pollination experiment as a way to understand the science behind how our bees are vital for our environment. We will also have a BEE ACTIVE table with resources and further information so our visitors can take what they’ve learned home to their communities and share it with friends and neighbors. And like any Saturday here at Crossroads Farm, our store will be open to visitors to purchase refreshments, organic produce, healthy snacks and other food items, flowers, plants, and potting soil.

We hope you can BEE there to join us!

 

Photo Credits:

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http://cdn1.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2014/05/Honeybee-hive-release-470×313.jpg

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Bee Friendly Day- schedule of events

Schedules for the Busy Bees, on Bee Friendly day at Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s

For Families:

1 pm and 3 pm:

The Buzz on the Bees from Beekeeper Bruce Travins

  • Inside the hive, the home of the Bees.
  • Walk through the farm to the hives and see the bees in action
  • How to keep our bee friends healthy and happy

1:30 and 3:30 pm : “Bee” Up to Date with the Latest!

A biologist, Dr. George K. Russell talks about the science behind the dire situation of the honeybee and the importance of organic farming and gardens. For teens and adults.

2pm: Create a Bee Garden (Talk to Marilyn Cranin- Horticulturist)

For Children:

1:15 pm: Storytelling and reading about the bees for little bees with Adelphi education students. Find the blanket!

1:15 pm: The Pollination Experiment (Mary Jean)

Pollination Experiment for children up to 5th grade.

  • Each student will be given a brown paper bag with a flower on it and Cheetos inside.
  • You will go around and take one Cheeto out of each classmate’s bag and eat the Cheeto.  You WILL NOT be allowed to wipe or lick your fingers until we are done.
  • As you move from bag to bag, you will be collecting “pollen” from each “flower”.
  • Once you have eaten out of everyone’s bag, then you will go find a bag and wipe your fingers all over the flower.

Through this lesson, you will learn the pollination process.  Bees move from flower to flower collecting more pollen as they move along

2 pm: Dance the Bee Dance: See how the bees communicate. For children up to 3rd grade. (Leonore)

  • Involves role-play as honeybees from different hives.
  • Set up “target” flowers in different locations on the grounds.
  • Challenges teams to find the correct flower by conveying information using movement like the honeybees and their “Waggle Dance.”
  • Worker bees could mime or dance to the rest of their team to include information on distance, direction, and type of flower (NO Talking!).

From: http://www.snh.gov.uk/docs/A402698.pdf

2:15pm: Art Activities

Bees Wax Modeling (Annie Sunshine)

Learn about the bees up close and personal. Everyone will make a bee with all the necessary parts, as well as a hexagon bee cell, out of real bee’s wax.

Make a Mural (Nancy Schneider)