Bees and Trees!
At Community Carbon Trees - Costa Rica, we have a regular environmental education program that reinforces our community tree planting work and gives people a chance to put their hands in the good earth and help out producing the trees. It is a fabulous opportunity to reach children and adults alike through play work in our highly biodiverse community nurseries. Everyone feels so good after our Kid's Nature Days and it is a chance to integrate our community of foreigners and Costa Ricans into one big happy team working together for the local forest so important to the bigger picture of climate change.
Sunday, June 8, 2014, ACCT Kid's Nature Day, we invited the local beekeeper Harold Mena Ramirez and his son to share with us all kinds of information about bee culture including all about the 50 different Costa Rican native bees, especially the tiny medincal ones. Everyone loved hearing how the bees make honey and how apiculturists like Harold collect the honey and the bee pollen full of vitamins and amino acids. Two different families already hired Harold to come to their farms and relocate hives of medicinal bees instead of the folks destroying the hives. Harold to the bee rescue!
As most of us are aware, bees and other pollinators like bats, moths, lizards, hummingbirds and even wasps, are critical to our food production. We plant so many blooming trees that produce gorgeous flowerscritical to feed the bees all year long, especially in the tropical summer months. It is so much fun to see people come alive when they learn they can attract pollinators of all kinds through planting native fruit trees and other fine hardwoods. Having fun while learning and creating dignified jobs for local small farmers is what Community Carbon Trees Costa Rica does with every tree we plant!
Thank you for your continued support of our community reforestation work. While environmental education may be the EXTRA voluntary part of our work, it is certainly an important focus for us as it creates even more long term positive impact for forest conservation and reforestation with both young and old alike. We love Trees! And Bees!! Thank you Harold!
transplanting baby trees for bees
Waking up kids to bees and trees
We always play in the dirt!!! Fertile!!
Harold Mena, son Alberto, Jennifer Project Leader