At Pringle Creek Community, we understand that living sustainably means acting in harmony with the whole ecosystem. We’d like to think of it as living the sweet life. That’s why we have an urban farm with historic glass houses, chickens, and orchards. What makes life even sweeter is cultivating our pollinators. This year, we are happy to announce that our dear Honey Bees have produced more than twice the amount of honey that they made last year!
Pollinators play such a crucial role in our world. Without them, we’d have a lot of trouble figuring out how to feed people. Those mighty bees are responsible for pollinating about a 1/3 of the world’s crops production. Now, that’s a lot to chew on.
There’s so many ways you can enjoy bees. Imagine having bees in your own backyard. It may take a little work to get it started, but the pay-off could be having the freshest of honey for when you want to make those homemade buttermilk pancakes for the family. Another more low maintenance option to help pollinate crops is by raising Mason Bees. Mason Bees are a little less well known and almost look like a common house fly with their greenish bodies. They love to make their nests in holes the diameter of a pencil. We’ve set up a Mason Bee colony next to our outdoor beds. If you’d like to set up your own Mason Bee colony, you could always call your local nursery to see if they have them available for purchase. These little bees are extremely good pollinators, and two or three of them can pollinate an entire tree!
So, the most important question though, how do you get that honey? Well, the short answer is that you extract it. That’s what our Urban Farmer, Colleen Owen, and our amazing volunteers do each year. It’s a fantastically sticky sight to watch, but the results are a super sweet! After the honey extraction is completed, there’s so many ways to use honey in your favorite recipes. A simple way to add some more spice to your honey is by infusing it with your favorite fruit or herb.
Interested in living the sweet life at Pringle Creek Community? We’d be happy to give you a tour around, and we might even put on a full bee suit (okay, maybe more like show you the favorite places our Honey Bees buzz, like in the lavender).