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Edible Rhody KIDS: Honeybees (Spring 2013)

Welcome Spring! “Honeybees”, shares facts about our buzzing friends and tips on how to help them.

ERK-Spring-2013Welcome Spring! Edible Rhody KIDS is created in collaboration with Edible Rhody magazine. Grab this season’s copy of Edible Rhody, available at various locations around Rhode Island. This seasons’ topic, “Honeybees”, shares facts about our buzzing friends and tips on how to help them.

Can we help bees?

  • Plant bee-friendly plants.
  • Purchase local honey.
  • Buy or plant organic! Synthetic fertilizers
  • and pesticides are harmful to bees.

Amazing Bee Facts

  • Bees help pollinate over 30% of the food we eat!
    Apples, blueberries, cherries, zucchini, almonds, cucumbers, watermelons to name just a few. Which are your favorites?
  • Bees are social, cooperative and hard workers.
  • Honeybees live in colonies where one queen rules the whole hive. Worker bees (the ones that visit flowers) forage for food (pollen and nectar), build the honeycombs and protect the hive.
  • About 60,000 bees can inhabit one colony.
  • Honeybee hives are like honey factories.
  • Bees make honey to eat and survive. They can also make enough honey and beeswax to support a large beekeeping industry.
  • Their wings beat so fast it makes a buzzing sound – up to 190 times a second!
  • Honeybees are not aggressive by nature – and will only sting if they feel threatened.

The perfect side dish for a cozy meal, the sweet and earthy flavors of carrots and honey will please palates of all ages.

Honey-Glazed Carrots
Leah Cherry, SkillitRI.comchefhathome

  • 5 large carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 2 tablespoons each olive oil & honey
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Toss carrots in oil, salt and pepper and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast at 400° for about 30 minutes.
Toss with honey to coat carrots just before serving.
Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

Resources + Books

  • Rhode Island Beekeepers Association: Provides bee resources, advocacy and eduction for Rhode Islanders. Visit RIBeekeeper.orgEDR_Kids-2013_Spring_Bees_FINAL
  • Whole Foods Market: Share the buzz with kids at WholeFoodsMarket.com/sharethebuzz
  • UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings
    by Douglas Florian (Beach Lane Books, 2012)
    Ages 5 and up
  • The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive
    by Joanne Cole (Scholastic, 1996)
    Ages 4 and up
  • What If There Were No Bees?: A Book about the Grassland Ecosystem
    by Suzanne Buckingham Slade
    Illustrated by Carol Schwartz
    (Picture Window Books, 2010)
    Ages 7 and up
  • Buzzzzzzzz…: What Honeybees Do
    by Virginia Wright (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010)
    Ages 8 and up
  • Beecoming Sophie: A Bee Conscious Adventure (Graphic novel)
    by Susan West Kurz (BeeConscious, 2011)
    Ages 13 and up
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