Bee jobs and honey at Juan Cabrillo

Yummm… there’s nothing like fresh honey! Mrs. S¬†brought her tea-making kit and a jar of genuine honey+honeycomb to class; and together, we taught her TK class about how fresh herbal teal is made, with chamomile, lemon balm and mint. After the kids smelled the aromatic leaves, the adults steeped the herbs in warm water. While waiting for the steeping process, we talked about honey and how it is made. Bees find nectar in the flowers and take it back to the hive to make honey. They make extra so they have enough for the winter months.

Then we tasted the tea. This drink was new to a lot of the kids so it wasn’t very appealing; but several kids really enjoyed it and asked for another cup! If anything, they loved the sweet, decadent honey.¬† One bee make about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in it’s lifetime!! During garden exploration, we practiced thanking the bees for all their hard work.

Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.