HoneyLove outreach with three classes of curious, polite, awesome 2nd graders.
KIDS’ FAVORITE TOPIC OF CHOICE TODAY: bee poop… hahaha
HONEYLOVER OF THE MONTH: Roxana
BEES RESCUED FROM:
Hive #1 (The Warrior Girls): old garage/barn structure in Woodland Hills.
Hive #2 (The Mische Girls): upside down large pot in Northridge and a small citrus tree at the LA Times building.
The small book Love in the Garden by Jean-Pierre Otte, contains a splendid eight-page poetical fantasy called “The Astonishing Deception of the Bee Orchid.” After reading it and learning how the bee orients herself through smell and gathers nectar to make an alchemical potion, I was quite keen on using the honey bee as part of the branding for my botanical perfume company.
A few years later we witnessed a swarm arrive at the compost bin outside our studio, which started us on the path of urban beekeeping. The French bee historian Yvon Achard says, “Beekeepers are chosen by bees.” Indeed! We now have two active hives on our property.
For Roxana Illuminated Perfume I create concept-driven fragrances, many of which have a call to social action. To Bee is a fragrance I created using aromatic extracts from extra combs from bee rescues. The perfume is named after the soliloquy from Hamlet “To be, or not to be, that is the question.”
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HoneyLover of the Month: ROBERTA
“Beekeeping started out just as way to improve my crops. Seemed easy enough to just get some free bees off a tree limb and stick them in a box and voila, more fruit. Well there was something about my first day that was just magical. I went to watch Kirk do a cutout with someone who had some experience. I came from work and they had gotten most of a very old and big hive out of wall. I got to just watch and learn.
The next door neighbor and her kids were watching from a window and I loved being the person explaining what was happening. Kirk was mentoring, the other beekeeper was learning how to do a cutout, I was just learning how to be around bees and the kids were learning about something so new.
Then Kirk took me to a simple swarm capture and we packaged them up into one of his old nucs and there I was with a new hive. With the swarm, it was just a small cute ball of fuzzy bees. They were gently, buzzing but pretty much content to go wherever we put them. Seemed like an innocent experience.
The excitement of being able to work with these little but powerful creatures took a hold and I had bee fever. I couldn’t get enough cutouts and swarms but then I couldn’t keep them anywhere and that’s how the mentoring started. I loved being able to share a first time cutout or swarm with others. It really felt like giving someone a gift.”
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