The frost is on the pumpkin, and winter is upon us. At Standing Stone Brewing Company that means that it is time for Pints for a Purpose, our annual season-of-giving, where we choose five local non-profit organizations to each benefit from a night of glass-raising, awareness-raising and fund-raising for a good cause.
The first of our Pints for a Purpose benefit evenings will be on Tuesday November 27. For every beer that we sell that that evening, $2 will be donated to The Bee Girl Organization.
The Bee Girl Organization is a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers, and our food. The Bee Girl Organization will use Pints for a Purpose funding toward running their two biggest projects: “Kids & Bees”, an educational bee-centered summer camp aimed at 3rd graders, and “Regenerative Bee Habitat”, which includes pollinator habitat research and floral preference surveys to develop seed mixes for both farmers and gardeners that benefit all of our bees.
While preparing to write this Blog post I visited The Bee Girl Organization website https://www.beegirl.org/. I found such a wealth of information there! There is information about beekeeping, about planting flowers that bees love, about habitat restoration and about teaching kids to love bees and honey.
I learned that honey is not ‘bee puke.’ “It’s flower nectar, which worker honey bees collect from flowers. They store it in their “honey crop.” This is like a chipmunk cheek. The bee stores the honey, like a chipmunk stores nuts and seeds for its nest. When the worker bee arrives back at the hive, she passes the nectar off to another bee, through their proboscises. The bee inside the hive puts it into a honey comb “cell.” It’s still not honey, though. Bees add enzymes to the nectar, and evaporate over 80% of the moisture off of the nectar (using their wings as a fan). When it’s the right consistency, the bees seal it with wax”. This is a quote from a lesson plan aimed at teaching elementary school students to appreciate bees and honey.
Promoting knowledge and appreciation of the value and the work of bees is something that SSBC supports completely. Bees pollinate our plants to insure productivity and bio-diversity. Healthy plant communities are crucial to the health of our livestock and to the basic local ingredients in our food and beer. Another win-win-win situation.
Please plan to come on out and join us on Tuesday, November 27 between 5 and 10 pm. Enjoy some delicious, locally grown and produced food and raise a pint of local brew to The Bee Girl Organization.