National Honey Bee Day
Saturday, August 20, 2016 was National Honey Bee Day, instituted as a celebration of the beauty, industry, and generosity of honey bees. They deserve our respect and appreciation. There are so many things that our winged friends do for us:
- Pollinate our plants so that flowers and food blossom and grow for us.
- Make honey that contains an abundance of healing properties.
- Their honey adds sweetness to our lives without spiking glucose levels.
- They build beautiful hives that are geometrically intricate – according to the Fibonacci pattern of mathematics.
Bees in Community
If those aren’t enough reasons to appreciate bees, they also live in and inspire community. All bees work together to accomplish their home building and honey production, and to keep their family thriving.
On August 19th, the eve of their special day this year, the owner of Follow the Honey, a shop in Harvard Square, hosted an evening of poetry by Devi Lockwood in their warmly lit courtyard. She is a cyclist and a writer who traveled around the world collecting stories about water and climate change. Her poetry is beautiful and thought-provoking and speaking with her was a pleasure. We bought a copy of her chapbook to support her next bicycle trip, which will be to attend the climate talks in Morocco.
Follow the Honey also partnered with Proud Pour, a wine company that helps the environment thrive with each bottle it creates. It’s “Oyster” white wine is crispy and refreshing on a summer’s night, reasonably priced and restores 100 oysters with each bottle. They will name their next wine project “The Bee,” which will have sweet honey notes in it and will dedicate its sales to supporting the health and survival of bee colonies.
Sustainable Business Models
I was impressed by how a business model can be built around contributing to economic and environmental justice. The time it took to travel and park in Harvard Square was rewarded with a wealth of fresh knowledge and our chance to taste a variety of honey flavors. We also brought home 2 jars of raw honey, which we have enjoyed in our iced tea and morning cereal.