Busy Bees

With spring here and summer around the corner, workdays in the garden now mean things to be done more than ever, and lots of sun and sweat! Especially when there are many beds to be aerated with u-bars!

Using U-bars to dig up soil in new beds

Using U-bars to dig up soil in new beds 

This Sunday, Loy Farms and its greenhouse had several more helpers than usual, thanks to the brothers of the Kappa Alpha Order doing a few hours of service.

Brothers of the Kappa Alpha Order in the Loy Farms greenhouse

Brothers of the Kappa Alpha Order in the Loy Farms greenhouse

There's always weeding to be done!

There’s always weeding to be done!

They weren’t the only new workers on the farm though. Thanks to senior Cameron Hawkins, there are now beehives at Loy Farms!

Beehives set up at Loy Farms!

Beehives set up at Loy Farms!

The beehives are set up away from the central area of the farms for safety

The beehives are set up away from the central area of the farms for safety

These bees will pollinate the many different kinds of flowers and crops at Loy Farms. A new beehive also encourages an increase in the general bee population, which has been threatened by Colony Collapse Disorder all over the world. Read more about Colony Collapse Disorder and its consequences for global food production at this link: http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=15572

Cameron also initiated a new garden at the Station at Mill Point, an on campus apartment complex! Although it’s still in its early stages, hopefully Mill Point will soon been producing its some of its own plants and crops and will teach residents about gardening.

Ready for a new crop of gardeners!

Ready for a new crop of gardeners!

Lastly, daffodils were planted outside the Elon Hillel house as part of a worldwide Daffodil Project, and effort to plant 1.5 million daffodils around the world to remember the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust. Both humans and bees are grateful for these beautiful daffodils in honor of the victims.

Never forget

Never forget

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