A few days ago, I stood outside the greenhouse, looking in through the windows. Inside, there were people laughing, but I couldn’t hear what they were saying. One of them pointed, another one did a little dance move.
Then, in their green aprons, they went back to work.
In that moment, I felt something that I still can’t quite name: an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the dedication and hard work of the people who spend their days here. They pour themselves into what they do, pitching in with an openness and whole-heartedness that constantly inspires me. Somehow, the farm brought them here, and they in turn shape what the farm has become: a place where we share in each other’s lives, and build a community around simple, honest things.
A successful farm is a lot like a beehive. Everyone has a role to play, but the whole is greater than the sum of all those roles. In the end, something happens that none of us would have been able to do on our own.
It's why we feel such affinity for the little buzzing insects that pollinate our gardens and farmyard. It's also a big reason we're getting our Modern Homestead series rolling with two bee workshops from Susie of Susie Bee Good Honey.
Join us on February 28 for a Honey Bees and Beekeeping Workshop that will introduce you to the basics of raising and keeping honeybees. Susie will discuss tips, tools, and approaches to starting your own hive, just in time to start thinking about establishing your personal apiary.
Then, on March 7, Susie will return for a Utah Native Beekeeping Workshop. Native bees are a crucial part of our ecosystem, and ensuring that they have habitat and food sources keeps local gardens and plant life thriving. In the workshop, you'll learn all about them, and even make a bee habitat that you can take home with you (along with a few bees to get it started!)
We're so excited to invite a member of our community here to continue our journey to become more skilled, knowledgeable, and thoughtful this year.