October Harvest: Apples & Honey
The leaves turning tells us it’s apple picking season! Above, preschoolers at Chamberlin enjoy apples with honey, both foods provided to us by BEES.
This month in Farm-to-School, students enjoyed two early Autumn varieties of apples drizzled with honey from the Common Roots Farm. The main focus of the lesson was centered around our garden friends who are responsible for getting us both of these foods- bees, along with other pollinators like butterflies, beetles, and ladybugs. We learned that even though many of us have had a bee sting or have been made uneasy by a creepy crawly in the garden, that these friends have an important role to play in our food system. One third of all the food we eat is pollinated by bees alone, however, Colony Collapse Disorder is threatening the populations of our favorite fuzzy flyer.
Last year alone, Vermont lost 53% of its bee population. This phenomenon is happening from a myriad of reasons from pesticide usage to loss of habitat, and unfortunately will go on to threaten the availability of foods we love including carrots, strawberries, apples, and chocolate, just to name a handful.
To do your part, be kind to the bees. Plant more native flowers and trees, and be gentle with your needs.
Blondie & McIntosh Apples drizzled with Local Honey