Bees in the Trees: Woody Perennials & Wild Pollinators

Bees in the Trees: Woody Perennials & Wild Pollinators

Bees in the Trees: The Woody Perennials That Support Wild Pollinators

Instructor: Kass Urban-Mead
Date: Wednesday, June 14th 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Groundswell Incubator Farm at EcoVillage, Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY (follow signs for incubator farm)
Field Tour Fee: $10

There are over 400 bee species in our New York landscape that are not honey bees. This class will cover the ecology, daily habits, and habitat requirements of wild bees, particularly solitary spring bees that are often invaluable pollinators for fruit trees, crops, and wild plants alike. We will identify and visit trees and shrubs that are commonly found in hedgerows, woodlots and smallholder forests that are important resources for wild pollinators. These woody perennials are increasingly recognized for carbon sequestration, animal forage, soil and water quality. This workshop will add a pollination component to these benefits. We will use the idea of “bee networks” to think about times and places in their farms where specific “bee trees” could be added to support wild bee pollinator communities.

 

Instructor Bio: Kass is a new PhD student at Cornell in the Entomology Department. She works with Profs Danforth and McArt to understand the insect and pollination ecology of agricultural systems. She fell in love with honey bees in her undergraduate work studying bees’ symbiotic gut microbiota, but quickly got excited about the 20,000 wild species in the world. She got excited about trees for bees during her Master’s degree at the Yale School of Forestry. Kass grew up raising 4H goats in the Hudson Valley, and can be found sketching, singing, and roller & ice skating…when she’s not chasing bees.

Please register for the event using our Course Registration Form.

Farm Tour at Spring Meadows Farm

Farm Tour at Spring Meadows Farm

Farm Tour at Spring Meadows Farm with a Focus on Oxen Handling

Date: Saturday, June 10th 10AM-12:30PM

Location: Spring Meadows Farm
9578 Route 549, Millerton, PA

Instructor: Andy Lyon

Farm Tour Fee: $10

At this interactive farm tour, Andy will share information about his family’s long farming history in the region, why he continues to use their traditional farming methods, and his multiple farm enterprises. We’ll get an overview of direct marketing of all natural vegetables and pastured laying hens, geese, and pigs. Andy will also teach the two basics of cattle handling, flight zone and association time. These will first be explained then used to understand cattle for easier calf handling, halter training, treating sick cattle, and even ox driving. Participants will get many practical perspectives on applying Flight Zone and Association Time!

If anyone wants to stay and dive deeper into the oxen Andy welcomes you to stay after lunch covering topics of your choice.

 

Instructor Bio: Andy Lyon grew up in North Central Pennsylvania where the prevailing farming tradition is of New England origin like most of New York State.  He credits this tradition for influencing him to use oxen for his traction power today.  He is the owner of Spring Meadows Farm, a business that benefits from minimal investment in heavy equipment, freedom from oil prices, enhanced animal and plant health and increased profit. Spring Meadows Farm now markets grass-fed beef, pastured eggs, garlic, vegetables and pork. Milk cows supply most of the fat and protein for the hens and hogs, and for the farmers.

 

Please register for this event using our Course Registration Form.

The Forest Talks: A series of guided hikes

The Forest Talks: A series of guided hikes

4th Tuesdays from May through October, 5:30 – 8:00pm

The forest and its inhabitants have a lot to tell us about the places we call home, and we are fortunate to have some of the most unique and species-diverse forests of the entire east coast in the Southern Tier of New York. These walks bring participants to some of the more majestic forests of the finger lakes. Local ecologists & foresters will be our guides as we learn to read the language of the forest and discuss how to apply our observations to management. After the hike we will gather at a nearby pub or coffee shop and continue the conversation.

June 28: Forest Management – Brett Chezdoy
July 26: Fungi & Ethical Foraging – Olga Tzogas
August 23: Manging Forests for Wildlife – Lance Ebel
Sept 27: Learning from Old Growth Forests – Mike Demunn
October 25: Collecting and Saving Wild Seed – Sean Dembrosky

Cost: $20 per hike.

Limited space so sign up to reserve your spot!

The Wellspring Forest School is committing to offering events and workshops that improve people’s understanding of forested lands and enhance their ability to steward the woods in a productive way for future generations. Learn more and see our other programs at: school.wellspringforestfarm.com

The Forest Talks: A series of guided hikes

The Forest Talks: A series of guided hikes

4th Tuesdays from May through October, 5:30 – 8:00pm

The forest and its inhabitants have a lot to tell us about the places we call home, and we are fortunate to have some of the most unique and species-diverse forests of the entire east coast in the Southern Tier of New York. These walks bring participants to some of the more majestic forests of the finger lakes. Local ecologists & foresters will be our guides as we learn to read the language of the forest and discuss how to apply our observations to management. After the hike we will gather at a nearby pub or coffee shop and continue the conversation.

June 28: Forest Management – Brett Chezdoy
July 26: Fungi & Ethical Foraging – Olga Tzogas
August 23: Manging Forests for Wildlife – Lance Ebel
Sept 27: Learning from Old Growth Forests – Mike Demunn
October 25: Collecting and Saving Wild Seed – Sean Dembrosky

Cost: $20 per hike.

Limited space so sign up to reserve your spot!

The Wellspring Forest School is committing to offering events and workshops that improve people’s understanding of forested lands and enhance their ability to steward the woods in a productive way for future generations. Learn more and see our other programs at: school.wellspringforestfarm.com

The Forest Talks: A series of guided hikes

The Forest Talks: A series of guided hikes

4th Tuesdays from May through October, 5:30 – 8:00pm

The forest and its inhabitants have a lot to tell us about the places we call home, and we are fortunate to have some of the most unique and species-diverse forests of the entire east coast in the Southern Tier of New York. These walks bring participants to some of the more majestic forests of the finger lakes. Local ecologists & foresters will be our guides as we learn to read the language of the forest and discuss how to apply our observations to management. After the hike we will gather at a nearby pub or coffee shop and continue the conversation.

June 28: Forest Management – Brett Chezdoy
July 26: Fungi & Ethical Foraging – Olga Tzogas
August 23: Manging Forests for Wildlife – Lance Ebel
Sept 27: Learning from Old Growth Forests – Mike Demunn
October 25: Collecting and Saving Wild Seed – Sean Dembrosky

Cost: $20 per hike.

Limited space so sign up to reserve your spot!

The Wellspring Forest School is committing to offering events and workshops that improve people’s understanding of forested lands and enhance their ability to steward the woods in a productive way for future generations. Learn more and see our other programs at: school.wellspringforestfarm.com