Monthly Archives: March 2017

Save our farms!

If North Carolina wants to feed itself, it better save its farms!

What you can do?

Contact your elected representatives and tell them that you want farmland conservation to be made a funding priority.

Donate to your local farmland conservation organization.

Buy from local farms.

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Honey Bees are Active

 

bee yard with barn in background and beekeeper

March 2017 Bee Branch Farm Bee Yard

The honey bees look healthy, and Glenn is splitting the hives today.  I was going take a few up close action photos for you, but apparently I walked right in the bee flight path, which is especially an unwise thing to do if you have my hair.  Buzzing ensues, I begin to run, never escaping because some are entangled in my hair.  Shaking my hair, I try to release them from their tangled trap.  My first honey bee sting, that I recall since we first started keeping bees, sharp on my scalp. Still more continue to struggle to escape.  I enter the house in search of  comb or brush, Tillie is prancing with anticipation and excitement, back outside I gently comb the honey bees from their tangled trap.  They fly to freedom save the lone bee, who upon sting is no more and falls to the ground.  Glenn, whose purposeful focus never leaves his task, completely unaware of this side show.

Dream Big!

A quote to reflect upon for International Women’s Day, and everyday:

“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them,” the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, told a Harvard graduating class in 2011. “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”

And with the words of one of my favorite children’s books, Child of Faerie, Child of Earth by Jane Yolen:

Be bold, be brave, be unafraid,

Terri

A farmer’s view of rural America

Think about this with your morning coffee.

An English Sheep Farmer’s View of Rural America