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

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.