A Cup of Tea and Earth Day

It is a cool and wet Earth Day here in Southern Vermont and I’ve just returned from my Sunday morning churchin’ to have a cup of tea before I switch gears and suit up to visit my hives

Mother and Son hive tending

Ordinarily we beekeepers don’t mess with our beeyard on an overcast day, as the honeybees don’t like being meddled with when they are trying to conserve energy.  But as I lost all of my colonies this past winter, there is no one to disturb while I disassemble the boxes and frames, organizing them and readying them for the 7 nucs I am receiving in May.

Meet "Beeatrice", one of the thousands of hard-working honeybees on our farm

A hot cup of Ceylon calls for a dollop of honey and make mine local.  After you’ve harvested your own, it is hard to go back.  But if I can’t sweeten my tea with my own stores, I’m happy to put my neighbors’ jars on my shelves.  Wherever you are, you are likely able to seek out a local producer, or at least something within your state or region to supply your honey.

Apple blossoms ready for pollinators

Swarm collecting in the Hawthorne tree

some of the summer honey crop 2010

Raised by slightly hippy parents with a side dose of Yankee-thrift, I had an organic background long before it was en vogue.  I am also a strong proponent of being good stewards of creation.  So the reason why my message on this day is about supporting local honey crops is that by doing so, we are contributing to the food web in a small but important way.  We need to make a concerted effort to encourage small-scale beekeeping and bring back the backyard hives as soon as possible.  Colony Collapse Disorder(CCD) can be minimized by not supporting GMO‘s and corporate agriculture and thereby reducing the threat to honeybees and other pollinators on this green globe.

Buy local, grow your own, minimize waste, recycle, compost, don’t smoke, please don’t burn your garbage, reuse, eat in, hang your laundry out, turn switches off, live more simply so that you can pay attention to the small things that make our one earth a healthier place for now and the future.  And a cup of tea from a Fair Trade source with or without some local honey, can help you collect your green thoughts.

Happy Earth Day from Wing and a Prayer Farm!

me and my Honey

12 responses to “A Cup of Tea and Earth Day

  1. wow, you have really OVERall suits on today 🙂 I didn’t know it was Earth day, sorry, but anyway for me every day is an Earth day and I do my best to stick to the main principles, for instance eating local fish and lamb/reindeer, picking berries when there are no snow :), but I must also admit that my brie comes from France, and my coffee is at least fair trade 🙂 have a nice Sunday all of you and thanks for comments on my post

    • Thank you for the kind greetings! Without my bee suit, I always get stung and I am allergic, so for me, I always suit up! Good for you to “stick to the main principles!’ Sounds like you are a conscientious citizen. Pleasant Sunday to you(what’s left of it!)

  2. Honey (as we like to address people down here :), you are an amazement and inspiration in all that you do! I was one of those slightly hippy parents. Made my own baby food, organic garden, canned, for all our lives we have attempted to live simply. Such a joy to share the love of Ceylon tea and values. Thank you.

    • You’re welcome, Curtiss Ann! I appreciate the kind compliments and you make me smile! Yes, a joy to share -sharing the green-love from the Green Mt. State! Have a wonderful week!

  3. Your hives are painted some very festive colors! Almost makes me miss having beehives around, but then I remember all that hot work in the middle of summer in those suits, yikes.

    • Yes, indeed, Andrew! Fortunately I “run” cold, so I tend not to get overheated too easily! But I don’t mind spending as long as I need to this time of year in the suits. I saw some powder-blue hives yesterday and made a mental note that I would try that color next time I had a paint-job! It’s such a fun part of bee-keeping! Thanks for stopping by the farm, be well.

    • Thank you for coming by and commenting, too! Yes, fun with paint where the hivebodies are concerned! And before our Thai exchange daughter had to move back to Thailand, we had her write in Thai all around the hive(all positive and light sentiments!) and so that one is the “Thai Hive!” It was nice of Beeatrice to pause for her picture, wasn’t it?!

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