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Planting for Honey Bees and Other New England Pollinators with Ed and Marian Szymanski

Taught by two passionate beekeeper/gardeners, this class will open your eyes to the world of plants that provide nectar and pollen to honeybees and other pollinators in our region, especially those plants that provide quality food for bees and a good nectar supply for honey production throughout the year. You will learn about the importance of providing a diverse selection of plants for the bees to choose from, what makes a good bee plant, and what doesn’t. This is a great class for folks with bees-but also for those who may not want to keep bees but are interested in supporting native pollinators (or their neighbors honeybees!).

Planting for Bees
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$15, 13 and up (kids are free if accompanied by an adult) Pre-register at 401 274 1160 or

Ed and Marian Szymanski are homesteaders and beekeepers. They live on just over one acre of land in Franklin, Mass. on a lot planted with fruits, vegetables and flowers, and as little grass as possible. The homestead includes bees and chickens, and a wide variety of fruits, berries, vegetables and pollinator-specific gardens. Their recent focus has been on identifying plants that provide quality food to bees and other pollinators and incorporating them into the homestead landscape. They are members of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, SEMAP, and several beekeeping associations. Ed served 4 years as President of Norfolk County Beekeepers Association.