Almost a year ago, Sunday was the Summer Solstice and I had the pleasure to donate my time singing for the Bees with Project Pollinate.
It was an outdoor event and I felt so energized to be surrounded by such beauty of a glowing buzzing garden. It was more than just singing outside, it was being surround with orange California poppies, growing corn, infusions of lavender and veggie delights, and more garden wonders on the way. I was present to how this is what our food looks like before it get to our stores or farmers markets.
Just before I went on to sing, I saw behind me was one small beautiful bee.
A cute bumble bee who was doing its job. I felt it was there to softy serenade me before I sang back to it! What a marvelous experience. Thank you again to Drew Glover, founder and executive director of this amazing project. Below I will share a little about what they are up to. Next time you smell a flower or bite into something yummy, remember the bees and how they support our eco-system.
Project Pollinate promotes the importance of holistic and natural approaches to farming, gardening and beekeeping, pollinator biodiversity and our relationship with the environment.
What is Project Pollinate?
The keeping of bees paired with sustainable farming/gardening is a powerful way to support the environment while building strong, vibrant and connected communities. Project Pollinate in partnership with Santa Cruz Bee Co., The Homeless Garden Project, Garfield Church, The Temple of the Bee, BASE Landscape Designs, Permaculture Design Course, Tigerlily Landscape, and Terra Nova Landscaping are working to establish the first three hives and supporting pollinator gardens as a part of a much larger network across Santa Cruz County. This project is primarily concerned with educating and sharing skills with the public and to provide an ongoing resource for community members and wildlife.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), aerial pesticides and neonic treated plants are just some of the factors facing the honeybee and other pollinators in our ecosystem.
As recently as September 4th, 2017, aerial sprays were being attributed to the death of over 46 hives or 2.5 million bees. In addition, pests and parasites, some first arriving in North America in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, are reproducing faster than bees they affect. The only way we can help to stabilize our pollinator populations is by creating pesticide free, nutrient rich habitats that are protected from chemical interference in which pollinators can flourish.
Not only does the practice of tending and caring for bees have positive impacts on the environment, but it is also beneficial for the communities where the hives and gardens reside. Bridging generations and backgrounds, beekeeping is a proven educational method to build community while encouraging respect, inclusion, hard work, entrepreneurship, cooperation, trust, and self worth. This interaction with the ecosystem not only encourages learning, it also develops stewardship and an appreciation for the connection we share with the earth.