Thanks to a grant from the Honeybee Conservancy, this spring Glen Leven Farm will be adding two new varieties of bees to our thriving Bee Sanctuary!
Utilizing this generous grant, Glen Leven has acquired a “Bee Cottage” that contains nesting space for two types of solitary bees: mason bees and leaf-cutter bees.
While honey bees produce our delicious Glen Leven Farm raw honey, these bees are known for their “super pollinator” skills. The addition of mason and leaf-cutter bees to Glen Leven Farm adds diversity and resilience to our pollinator populations and thriving gardens. These species are also active earlier in the season than honey bees, making them important early-spring pollinators.
Mason bees and leaf-cutter bees utilize holes in wood made by other wood-boring insects, or stems of hollow plants, which they fill with mud or plant matter in order to protect their larvae. Unlike honey bees, these species are solitary, meaning they do not live in hives with other bees; they do not produce honey or wax; and there are no worker- or queen-bees.
The Land Trust for Tennessee would like to invite you to Glen Leven Farm for National Honey Bee Day on August 20, 2016! Join us to check out our new mason bee cottage, explore The Glen Leven Bee Sanctuary, taste some raw honey and learn about our honey bees, mason bees and leaf-cutter bees. We are also excited to add this demonstration of a farm ecosystem to our “Nature’s Classroom” field trip programming!
We will be counting down to our National Honey Bee Day Festival with blog updates tracking how our new hives are doing… stay tuned!