The Providence Zen Center recently purchased two Honeybee packages from a local bee keeper. Bee packages are 30 pounds of bees and a queen which were installed in hives from Nancy Hedgpeth’s apiary. The hives are located in the far end of the orchard, near the stone wall and away from human traffic. The Center provides an ideal environment for bees with fruit trees, a vegetable and flower garden, water and lots of land on which to forage. The Center’s primary intention is pollination of the orchard and garden and also to help support bees which have become threatened due to loss of habitat and the use of pesticides. Bees are highly sensitive to pesticides and could be viewed as the canaries in the mines. Any honey that is harvested in the Fall is secondary, but also welcome. I wore a recently-purchased bee suit to install the bees which had a complicated way of attaching the veil to the suit. I finally gave up in frustration and just let the veil hang loosely. However, a bee found its way under the veil and began buzzing around my face. I made an undignified exit by sprinting across the orchard, flinging the hat and veil into the wind and smacking at the air. Fortunately no one was around with a video camera to capture this unskilled moment. The bee survived.


-Diana Starr Daniels, PZC Resident

2 Replies to "CATCH THE BUZZ! "

  • Robin
    05/02/2011 (6:51 pm)

    Wow, Diana, we are glad you survived, too!

    Apple Blossoms

    I helped Diana bring the bees home to PZC that night. It was a little adventure in the dark, thank heaven for the GPS and the fact that I recognized where we ended up. The bees are shipped in a small wooden crate with mesh sides. When we arrived, there were over twenty of these boxes stacked in the garage, all joined together with little wooden rods. The beekeeper had fans on to “blow away the co2″ from the bees – whatever that means! I think they were sleepy with the dark and the cold, having come up from Georgia so they weren’t flying around, but bunched all together on the side of their box. The man checked his figures and used a saw to separate our two boxes. I figured the bees couldn’t get out of those boxes, but it was a little scary when Diana was surprised I offered to help carry a box to the car and later to our own garage. It is hard to see in the photo on Diana’s blog, but the bees were all flying about these boxes. Diana assured me that since the boxes had already contained bees in the past, ours would soon feel right at home … I’d say come and see them, but let’s be safe and let them do their work … the apple blossoms are beginning to pop!

    • Diana
      06/01/2011 (7:52 am)

      I was secretly worried we might get into a minor accident and the 60 pounds of bees (translating to a few thousand) would be loosed in the car and they would be angry. Fortunately, that did not happen and we arrived safely and bee sting free at PZC. Thanks for driving Robin.