June 14, 2013 · 2:52 pm
Another rainy day forces me to stay inside, make soup, bake cookies, and slow down. The month of June is flying by as we are busy as the bees out here at Starseed. Change is happening so fast these days. Old structures and habits are breaking down making room for new positive change in the world. Starseed is one of many places all across the globe that is transforming. I am really hopeful to be part of such a special project underway.
10,000 new beings have made Starseed their home- Honeybees! We welcomed them last weekend and they are already making their rounds to the flower gardens. Their hive is nestled into the tree line beside our newly planted high-bush blueberries.
First, we added sugar water (or you can use honey) to the hive to give the bees something to start with and draw them into their new home.
Then we took out the queen who was in her own compartment. The worker bees will eventually chew their way into her compartment and hopefully accept her as their queen.
All the other bees joined her in the hive by swarming and within a few hours, they all settled down. Home sweet home! I can hardly wait for honey this fall.
Honeybees travel up to a few miles pollinating our flowers and food sources as they go. About 40% of our food supply relies on bees for pollination such as fruits, nuts, and some vegetables. Non-organic pesticides are killing off our bees causing “colony collapse.” Watch the film, “Queen of the Sun” for more information about the importance of honeybees for our survival. Not to mention, the divinely sweet, nutritious, medicinal, anti-microbial substance they create- Honey!
Well, now that the rain has stopped, it’s time to head back outside being busy as the bees…
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April 17, 2013 · 3:48 pm
“Fixed Earth Taurus encourages us to plant our crops, fertilize new shoots, and make it real. Our plans take form and grow roots. We’re gifted and challenged to honor Spirit imbued in the material world.” — Heather Roan Robbins
I’ve finally landed after what feels like a lifetime of traveling. The power of manifestation has brought my current coordinates to Starseed Sanctuary in the Northern Berkshires where I am living and working as the farm manager/groundskeeper/land steward. I live in a newly built tiny house on wheels also known as a Tumbleweed. There is a small wood stove, composting toilet, shower, electricity, propane cook stove, and a ladder leading to the loft where I sleep. What more could a young woman want?
My dear friend and co-land steward, Blake and I spend our days starting seedlings by the biodynamic calendar, chopping kindling, researching yurts, writing grants, ordering supplies, preparing mushroom logs, looking at tractors, spring cleaning, and discussing our dream of building a spiritual farming community together.
It’s all happening so fast, I often say to myself, “This is too good to be true.” Instead, I fill my heart with gratitude, take a deep breadth, and bask in how I feel deeply in alignment with why I’m here on Earth.
I am especially grateful to the Ananda family for inviting us to join their Sanctuary and home in hope of co-creating community and sustainable farming systems.
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