BCM’s Celebrate Earth Festival begins next week on Monday, March 25th! We have a week packed full of amazing events celebrating our green museum, our community, our city and our planet! Here are a couple more of the wild programs we have planned.
Meet a BeekeeperThursday, March 21, 2013 – 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Beekeeping in New York City has only been legal for three years, but since 2010, the number of hives and urban beekeepers has exploded. Many urban bee keepers have hives right on their rooftops for hyper-local honey making!
Some even worry that there is not enough forage to sustain the number of hives. Now isn’t that a sad something? There may not be enough flowers in the city to feed our growing honeybee population!
This Thursday, visit the museum’s greenhouse to meet a real urban beekeeper, Emily Vaughn. Emily’s an urban farmer and freelance horticulturist. She teaches beekeeping workshops at 3rd Ward, one of the many places that hosts workshops and info sessions on this new urban farming phenomenon. Try on Emily’s beekeeping veil, test out her bee-calming smoker, do the bee waggle dance, and touch real honeycomb. Emily will answer all your buzzing questions so stop by for a sweet time!
Chickens in the Garden Friday, March 22, 2013 - 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Last year, we had a blast meeting the chickens of BKFarmyards. They arrived via bicycle, enjoyed the garden’s greens, and one hen even laid an egg!
This year for Celebrate Earth, we’re very excited to meet the chickens of the Hattie Carthan Community Farmer’s Market, a garden and market just ten minutes away from the museum. The market’s founder, Yonette Flemming or “Farmer Yon”, will answer all your clucking questions as she shows off her Rhode Island Reds. Get a preview of her story on the Hattie Carthan website. It turns out her mother and grandmother also raised Rhode Island Reds! I loved this sweet excerpt of her story:
“Livestock breeding and farming has been practiced by the women in my family for years. According to my grandmother's accounts, (a woman who raised hundreds of chickens at a time for consumption in her village of Berbice) when the women in our family got married, they were given five live eggs (as part of a sort of dowry arrangement) which were hatched (of course roosters were allowed on those farms) and they learnt how to raise those chicks, those chicks went on to lay eggs and have other chicks and that was the foundation of their livestock farm.”
Check out Hattie Carthan's events page for a list of awesome ongoing community events!