Today we visited EnrichLA’s beautiful edible and native learning garden at Atwater Elementary with an observation hive to discus all about bees with three classes. EnrichLA volunteer extraordinaire Kelly Burke, the garden head stewart, had shown the kids the film “the Vanishing of the bees” a few weeks ago, so I was very pleased to see how well versed they were on all things bee, and why is important to respect and encourage them. And what they did not know they certainly asked; the questions were intelligent and the comments insightful.
With me were Sarah Leone of Homegirl Cafe and fellow Master Gardener in training and permaculturist Aaron Murphy, a new urban beekeeper who caught his own swarm!. We took turns to teach each of the three classes which made it doubly rewarding ; the kids learned and the community participated. Visiting was also Marisa Rodriguez another amazing EnrichLA volunteer and Master Gardener in training.
By discussing bees we touched on biology, science, nature & geometry, plus how to keep bees – we had the always popular observation hive and the tools of the trade – and why working together towards a goal – like bees - is important, and the delights of sharing with, listening to and respecting our classmates. And of course we had a taste of delicious locally produced – Silver Lake – all natural organic honey.
An to boot on the way out other teachers and administrators wanted to know all about it as well. Would you like to? Visit local group Backwards Beekeepers.
Bee well, Leonardo