The Micheltorena Garden had today a visit by Kirk Anderson of Backwards Beekeepers, a Los Angeles Urban Beekeeping group dedicated to natural organic beekeeping.
Kirk brought an observation hive and some beekeeping gear and equipment. The kids were fascinated about being able to observe the bees at work an get real close to them without danger of being stung.
The lesson included the importance of bees in the pollination process, the respect for beneficial insects, the relationship of bees and people, the different kind of bees, how they make honey, why honey is a better sweetener than refined sugar, and why to wear a veil and gloves when working with the bees.
This elementary school kids showed an amazing understanding of all of the above, some of them sounding like poets, some as scientists, some made drawings of the bees like great artists. They all had a chance to taste delicious mesquite desert honey. It was also very satisfying to find out that a few of the kids had beehives at home.
“This was an excellent opportunity to plant the seed of beekeeping in this young ones” said Kirk.