Goddesses, Goodness & Spring

Almond Blossom, Bee Love Farm LLC

Goddesses, Goodness & Spring

As we welcome the month of March today on our Gregorian calendars around the world, here in the Northern Hemisphere we also welcome with it the beauty and regenerative power that is Spring. Meteorologically speaking the Spring season begins officially today on March 1, with the magic and celebration that is our Vernal Equinox occurring this year at 3:29 AM on Monday, March 20. On that day the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north along the ecliptic and all life on Earth shares in approximately the same sunlight.

Almond Bud Bee Love Farm LLCWith our wondrous honeybees we mark the approaching wonder that is Spring with the beautiful blossom of North America’s first crop for the year—delicious and nutritious almonds grown in the San Joaquin Valley.

The Greeks explained the changing of seasons and Spring magic through the myth of the beautiful goddess, Persephatta, who’s name translates to “female thresher of grain,” originating from the Sanskrit word parsa for sheaf of grain.

The story goes that the beautiful goddess Persephatta was born the daughter of Demeter and Zeus; Demeter being the goddess of Earth’s fertility, agriculture, good harvest and related prosperity and Zeus being the god of the sky and king of the Mount Olympus gods.

Painting of Goddess Persephatta Persephone by Alfons Mucha 1896Hades, the god of the Underworld was so enraptured by Persephatta’s beauty and overtaken by misguided emotions of love. One day while the young Persephatta picked flowers with other goddesses and nymphs, Hades kidnapping her—opening up Earth’s ground and vanishing her without the awareness of anyone.

The goddess Demeter was so grief-stricken by the loss of her daughter that nature withered, crops stopped bearing fruits and flowers no longer bloomed. Filled with compassion the Sun intervened, revealing to Demeter what it had observed from high above, that Hades had taken her daughter to the Underworld.

When initially confronted Hades would not agree to return Persephatta but through openness and conversation a mutually agreement was reached to share the goddess Persephatta with her mother. From that time on Persephatta would enjoy eight months of each year on Earth in shared endeavors with her mother the goddess Demeter and enjoy remaining four months with the god Hades in the Underworld.

In this arrangement, Demeter so missed her daughter when they were apart that she would freeze Earth’s nature creating the winter and was so overjoyed when they were together that Earth’s surface warmed with good weather, flowers bloomed, nature was fertile and verdant.

Bringing Our Farm to the Community

We operate our honey-farm to support and afford our shared mission and values of love, community, education and nutrition. This is resonant in everything that we do.

One consistency we share in this is the desire and effort to source and eat truly local, sustainable-produced, nutrition-rich, whole, natural foods at every measure. We are eager to go beyond the labels, to develop direct connections and holistic understanding of how the food we source and eat is not only good for our bodies but additionally good in all related respects for our world.

Our Bee Love Farm family is committed to investing in our shared well-being—families, friends, food, community—and welcomes the opportunity to be an authentic, cherished, direct link back to these foundational values.

As our community warms, chickens begin laying, blooms appear in majesty, plants begin to fruit and our healthy, happy honey bees jubilantly come to life amidst the glorious rebirth that is Spring, It is our pleasure to formally share with you our new Free Community Delivery service. Tested for weeks prior to our farm being in transition, our Free Community Delivery is now available to all of our bee-loved customers and community members.

In addition to our local, raw honey and related products you will notice limited quantities of the freshest seasonal organics produced on ours and other local farms within our community. Locally produced organic fruits, vegetables, eggs, and more—fresh from farm to your table—all grown and produced locally, in our community.

Read How it Works: Bee Love Free Community Delivery

Oktoberfest Celebration at Bee Love Farm

SAVE THE DATE: September 24–MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Live Music, Fun Games-fun 4all, Art, Food, Local Brewery-Beautiful surroundings!

OKTOBERFEST Celebration at BEE LOVE FARM !

LIVE MUSIC: 11 to 3: from MICHAEL GAITHER, AND OTHER LOCAL MUSIC ARTISTS, JANET THOMPSON AND STEVE BARBOUR
Bee Love Farm Festival

LOCAL BREWERIES: SANTA CRUZ ALEWORKS hosted by owner MARC ROSENBLUM and … the other one? YOU’LL HAVE TO COME ON DOWN!

FOOD – CARMONA’S BARBEQUE — Great food with a nice cold Aleworks beer! Carmona’s will have non alcoholic drinks available and for sale

ART by LOCAL ARTISTS including our Pacific Crest Apiaries Honey Farm and Gift Store which will be open – Get some of your gift shopping done while you’re enjoying the fest!

MASSAGE THERAPIST: Nice way to get those “kinks” out!

FACE PAINTING

GAMES for kids and … the “kid” in all of us!

A WONDERFUL FUN AND RELAXING DAY AT OUR BEE FARM!!

WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – 11 to 5

WHERE: BEE LOVE FARM – 875 CALABASAS ROAD, NEAR WHITE ROAD IN the LARKIN VALLEY/APTOS AREA

PRICE: NO ENTRY FEE – You pay for your food and drinks

BRING A CHAIR AND/OR BLANKET TO SIT ON. THERE ARE TABLES AND CHAIRS, BUT CHANCES ARE THERE WON’T BE ENOUGH FOR ALL IN ATTENDANCE.

WE’LL BE SEEING YOU at BEE LOVE FARMS OKTOBERFEST!!

Looking forward to seeing you,

Buzz, Kalyne and family

Bee-ing in Community

Kids today are so busy at such young ages, with the constant use of electronic devices taking up a significant portions of their precious time—precious time could be used to connect with and explore our wonderful natural world.

At Bee Love Farm we strive to share our exciting, natural environment and insights with our community; filled with awe, kids and families explore and learn about the natural wonder of our world, themselves and each other.

Our free hive tours on the farm is one extraordinary way for you and your family to “suit up” and experience this through exploring the real life magic that is inside a colony of our honey bees. We encourage you to call today and inquire about reservation availability.

For those who would rather investigate this connection at a distance, we have our abounding observation hive which readily reveals its magic through a beautiful glass encasement.

We have had just the right amount of rain and sunshine this year for an abundance of local wildflowers contributing to the wonderful health, well being and happiness of our honey bees on display in this colony.

We look forward to sharing the awe and beauty of springtime together.

Honey Bees For Sale Spring 2016

3 Pound Italian Packages for Sale!

Special Notice: To those interested in purchasing honey bees.

A limited quantity of local, Italian honey bees will be available for sales again this year at Bee Love Farm. Advance reservation and payment is required.

It’s going to be a great year for honey bees! This is an excellent opportunity to get the honey bees you’ve desired and get them started!

SPECIFICS:

  • 3 pound packages of local Italian honey bees with mated queen
  • Limited quantity will available on first reserved and paid for bases.
  • Call (831) 515-6060 and leave your name, phone # and the quantity of packages you want to purchase
  • Pick-up and available at our community farm store 11 AM, Saturday, April 23.

BEE WELL and BEE LOVE!

Beekeeping Class Spring 2016

BEEKEEPING CLASS 2016

Greetings everyone! Weather permitting, our foundational beekeeping class is set for Saturday, May 21, 10:30 to 3:00. It will be held at Bee Love Farm, 875 Calabasas Road, Watsonville, CA

If the weather will not “cooperate”, the class will need to be moved to either the next Saturday, or the Saturday after that. I will give you as much advance notice as possible so that you can plan ahead.

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: A very essential part of our class!

In order to conduct our beekeeping class to it’s fullness, we need a relatively sunny day without high winds. Our “bee farm” location on Calabasas Road has a tendency to be cold and windy during the month of April. However, since we are having relatively warm days early this year, chances are excellent that April 23 will work perfectly!

What does all this have to do with “Hands On” experience?

After the first or “verbal” part of the class is complete, all students will have a chance to open hives and explore inside. This is just steps away from the exhibit building where the class is held. Hands on experience is so essential for learning about these awesome honey bee buzzing insects!

As we explore inside various hives, you will learn how to detect diseases and pests (should they present themselves) inside the hive, how to use the various tools needed to inspect, and so much more.

You will also receive a booklet which will help guide you in the selection of bee equipment for the beginner. In addition to that, the booklet has important information about bee keeping which will help you become a very good beekeeper.

WHAT TO BRING/WHAT TO WEAR

Please bring a lunch and something to drink. Wear long jeans, shoes or boots, and a long sleeved shirt (unless you have no fear of bees “resting” on bare arms or a possible sting). We provide a bee hat and veil for your use.

Questions/Comments?

Feel free to email us at love@beelovefarm.com

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 23, at 10:30. Payment is due at arrival. We accept all major credit cards, debit, check, or cash.

To receive information like this about current community event and happenings at Bee Love Farm, subscribe to our Buzz Letter. Send us an email with titled Buzz Letter Please! to love@beelovefarm.com and the rest is magic.

Thank you for your interest in Bee Love Farm’s Beekeeping class 2016! Bee Love
Bee Love Farm

Beekeeping Classes Early Spring 2016

BEEKEEPING CLASS 2016

Greetings everyone! Weather permitting, our foundational beekeeping class is set for Saturday, April 30, 10:30 to 3:00. It will be held at Bee Love Farm, 875 Calabasas Road, Watsonville, CA

If the weather will not “cooperate”, the class will need to be moved to either the next Saturday, or the Saturday after that. I will give you as much advance notice as possible so that you can plan ahead.

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: A very essential part of our class!

In order to conduct our beekeeping class to it’s fullness, we need a relatively sunny day without high winds. Our “bee farm” location on Calabasas Road has a tendency to be cold and windy during the month of April. However, since we are having relatively warm days early this year, chances are excellent that April 23 will work perfectly!

What does all this have to do with “Hands On” experience?

After the first or “verbal” part of the class is complete, all students will have a chance to open hives and explore inside. This is just steps away from the exhibit building where the class is held. Hands on experience is so essential for learning about these awesome honey bee buzzing insects!

As we explore inside various hives, you will learn how to detect diseases and pests (should they present themselves) inside the hive, how to use the various tools needed to inspect, and so much more.

You will also receive a booklet which will help guide you in the selection of bee equipment for the beginner. In addition to that, the booklet has important information about bee keeping which will help you become a very good beekeeper.

WHAT TO BRING/WHAT TO WEAR

Please bring a lunch and something to drink. Wear long jeans, shoes or boots, and a long sleeved shirt (unless you have no fear of bees “resting” on bare arms or a possible sting). We provide a bee hat and veil for your use.

Questions/Comments?

Feel free to email us at love@beelovefarm.com

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 23, at 10:30. Payment is due at arrival. We accept all major credit cards, debit, check, or cash.

To receive information like this about current community event and happenings at Bee Love Farm, subscribe to our Buzz Letter. Send us an email with titled Buzz Letter Please! to love@beelovefarm.com and the rest is magic.

Thank you for your interest in Bee Love Farm’s Beekeeping class 2016! Bee Love
Bee Love Farm

Happy February Bee Love Farm Community

WHAT DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER?

Besides the Super Bowl, what other event is happening soon? Valentine’s Day, of course!

For the most beautiful, natural, rejuvenation, unique, local gifts, you need to go no further.

Here are some ideas:

Local Bee Love Farm honey, hand crafted pure beeswax candles that are actually made right here.

Every pure beeswax candle in our gift store is carefully made by loving hands and with loving hearts. Every drop of honey is nectar lovingly gathered by our bees. Awww! How sweet IT IS!

Our chandlers work hard hand pouring our famous and distinguished tapers, pillars and tea lights and hand rolling our candles made from pure honeycomb foundation sheets, then hand finishing each before placing them on our shelves.

We are more than happy to help with your selection of gift items then exquisitely wrapping it for you, ready for giving.

We always look forward to your visit.

Our hours at our farm and gift store are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11-5:30.

LOOKING FOR HONEY BEES?

This year we will again be offering 3 pound packages of local Italian honey bees! Depending on weather, packages should be ready for pick up by the second week in April (weather permitting).

First come, first served. Call or come to our farm store to secure your reservation, order size and pay; (831) 515-6060. Each package will contain 3 pounds of Italian honey bees and one Italian Queens.

OUR FAMOUS WHIPPED AND CREAMY BEE LOVE HONEY IS BACK!

We have just finished another batch of of our famous whipped and creamy honey.

To all of you who are “hooked” and for those of you who haven’t had the chance to try it: We have it available and in our beautiful 9 ounce glass hex jars.

These 9 ounce hex jars filled with this amazing honey make amazing gifts!

The tubs are for “serious whipped honey lovers” and for those who love home made corn muffins with butter. My story about corn muffins and enjoying this creamed honey I whipped up is on the label and every word is true.

BEE LOVE FARM BEE POLLEN LIST

Every year, without fail, we distinctly collect fresh, local bee pollen which, determined by Mother Nature, some years are much more abundant than other. We hope that this year will be one of the best bee pollen harvests that we have had in years!

If you want to be on our list to purchase this rare precious, powerful food while it is available, email us at love@beelovefarm.com This is a very limited, highly sought after, local gem available in a similar regard. If you are interested, get your request in today!

For any of you who cannot directly ingest bee pollen for any reason, know that our honey is the ideal alternative.

We never over process our honey bees’ gifts, never! So, if you cannot take bee pollen, don’t fret. Taking one tablespoon per day of our raw, local Bee Love Farm’ honey to help keep those allergies down! You can also mix that tablespoon into smoothies, coffee and tea or eat it on toast, muffins and the like.

– Bee Love