The Broadened Horizons Sustainability Teaching Farm will be hosting a free community skill share workshop where farmer & teacher Leaf Myczack will demonstrate how to build a low cost Bee Gum* from conventional lumber. Our skill-shares are free but donations are accepted and appreciated. (Important: instructions on parking, below)
In response to the domestic honey bee crisis that is currently decimating the honey bee population through disease and colony collapse, the Broadened Horizons Teaching Farm has embarked upon a program to restore the natural “housing” for bee colonies. This involves the building of round tree-like bee gums and placing them In woodland settings.
This is NOT a workshop on beekeeping or honey extraction. Our program is similar to putting up blue bird or wood duck boxes and letting the birds find their human provided nesting place on their own. Our program is designed to provide safer and more suitable habitat for naturally swarming bees.
Bees have a long and healthy relationship with trees. It is the current square box bee hive and hive placement that undermines the bees ability to ward off disease and parasites. Help the bees and your garden and orchard plants stay healthy and productive by attending this very informative skill share.
*Bee Gum: A native term for a bee hive fashioned from a hollowed section of the trunk of a blackgum tree–a wood that would not split.
PARKING – please note
This skill share starts promptly at 10 a.m. Late stragglers will find the gate closed and will be turned away, and we would hate that!
Due to limited parking space, single occupant vehicles will be directed to park at the nearby Springhouse Community School (former Chinese Medicine Clinic) and then carpooled over to the farm. Vehicles with 2 or more occupants will be eligible to park at the farm. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding!