Farm School-Bees and WeavingBy Jenna Richter | May 13, 2016 | Arts, Farming, Project Work, Sustainablility
We were so excited to be back at Green Bow Farm today for Farm School. Every time we visit, we are learning, exploring and experiencing a small bite of what Green Bow farm is and does. There is never a visit without surprises. Today, we started out looking at a nest of robins!
Next Farmer Matt explained the way the hives were set up, the bees transported and the tools used in beekeeping.
Next, Farmer Christina showed us the parts of an inactive hive so we could learn about how everything was put together inside. We looked at the brood chamber and frames.
Next our beekeepers Matt and Tosha, suit up and investigate the health and progress of the bees in the hive using the smoker to calm the bees.
Up close we could see the larva and pupa that had been covered over to protect them as well as many adult bees.
We strung our loom that we created on our last visit and then took a walk around the pastures observing that every animal had rotated and was in a new environment. We were in collecting mode, with paper bags in hand, ready to find beauty to add to our loom. Feathers, flowers, fleece, sticks, bark, grasses and bits of bailing twine and rope filled our bags as we walked.
Back at the loom we worked our raw materials as a illustration of the diverstity of the farm through the loom strings.
This loom is a work in progress, we will continue to collect and weave on it during our next and final visit of the year in a few weeks.