What’s with all the buzz about bees? If you’ve been seeing more and more articles about bees popping up on your news feeds lately, it isn’t for nothing. The tiny insects help provide half of our produce and three-quarters of our dairy products. But their population numbers are rapidly decreasing. Learn how you can help this month at Homecoming Farm’s Spring Awakening.
The annual event turns its attention to the crisis facing honeybees, bumble bees, native bees and other pollinators with a day dedicated to bee education and honey tasting. Appropriately called “BEE the Change You Hope to See in the World…A Celebration of All Things Bees,” you’re basically guaranteed to leave with a newfound love for the little backyard insects.
Events include a presentation by entomologist Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann on “The Charming Garden Residents – Our Native Bees” addressing the world of bees that thrive in our Long Island gardens, a discussion of Colony Collapse Disorder, a visit to the hives at Homecoming Farm and a tasting led by Marina Marchese exploring varietal honeys—lest we forget about the best sweetener for desserts, tea and embellishing our alcoholic beverages.
It all takes place on April 16, 2016 from 9:30am-3:00pm at Helen Butler Hall at Dominican Village, 565 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701. Registration is required at $40 per person, which includes lunch. Proceeds benefit Homecoming Farm.