Spring Blossom Walk
Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT)
Please join us on the farm for our annual Blossom Walk on Sunday March 10th from 11:00am – 3:00pm to celebrate Spring! CSA member families and their friends are invited to come out and enjoy the Orchard. Blooms and Bees will abound!
In Spring our trees wake up from their winter sleep and the bees begin buzzing about to collect the nectar from their flowers. Bees and the pollination services they supply are crucial to fruit set. To honor our bees and the important work they do, we will be hosting two talks on their work.
Meander through the blossoms with Farmer Al and make your way to the hives to get a glimpse into the secret lives of honey bees with Alan Hawkins. Alan cares for over 30 hives at Frog Hollow and will cover the Basics of Beekeeping in the Orchard. He’ll smoke a hive and open one for you to have a peek (you’ll be downwind of the bees and they are very chill after smoking). Honeybee walk commences at 11:15am from the farm buildings.
Pack a lunch, relax, and enjoy the beauty of the trees. Table seating and water will be provided in our fruit drying area. You are welcome to picnic in the orchard too. Just remember to bring a blanket!
Following lunch, learn about the wonderful world of California native bees and their role in agriculture! Stroll back to our Native Bee Garden and Sara Leon Guerrero, a research assistant with the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab, will introduce you to their Farming for Native Bees project at Frog Hollow, an innovative farmer-initiated project addressing the precipitous decline of honey bee populations, a key issue faced by U.S. farmers. Sara will introduce you to some of the most common native bee species in California and basic bee-plant relationships. Try your hand at aerial netting and help monitor the bees at Frog Hollow. Native Bee walk commences at 1:00pm from the lunch area.
***Although the bees are not aggressive, those with known bee allergies may want to steer clear of the hives and native bee gardens.
We will also have a mini-market of our Frog Hollow Farm products, orchard honey, and flowering branches for you to purchase. Purchases are cash or check only please.
Please feel free to participate in as much or as little of the bee talks as you like. You are welcome to meander through the trees on your own during the event.
What you should bring:
- a reusable water bottle
- picnic blanket if you’d like to lunch in the orchard
- layered clothing
- comfortable shoes you don’t mind getting dirty
- a camera
We ask you to remember that Frog Hollow is a working farm. For your childrens safety please be sure they don’t play on any farm equipment and stay away from the irrigation canal. Though Farmer Al and Becky’s dog Nochi would love the company, please leave your pets at home.
If you have any questions please contact Lael at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you on the farm!