There are a number of exciting educational events scheduled in the coming weeks: we will be building bird houses, identifying wild edible foods, and learning about bees in the environment and beekeeping at Stearns Farm. Some dates are still being finalized, so stay tuned for more information.

Forage Walk, 9/9

Stearns Farm will host a Forage Walk with Russ Cohen on Tuesday, September 9, 2014,  4:30-7:00 pm. This event is co-sponsored with Sudbury Valley Trustees.

Stearns Farm and its adjacent woodlands are home to more than 30 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, foraging expert and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, on a late afternoon/evening ramble through the farm (and, if time permits, the adjoining woods) to learn about at least eighteen species of edible wild plants. Pending favorable weather conditions, several edible mushroom species may be encountered as well. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with information on edible portions, seasons of availability, and preparation methods, as well as guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.

Cost: Free for Stearns Farm members; $10 non-members.  To register for this event click here.  NOTE: Stearns Farm members should check the “SVT Member” box and add a note explaining that they are members of Stearns Farm.


Bird House Building, 9/13

Join Board members Nick Clayton and Peter Doherty in building bird houses to be placed around Stearns Farm. Bird houses will be pre-cut, so this activity is suitable for all ages (with parental supervision, of course).

Bee Program, September (exact date TDB)

Stearns Farm beekeepers Deb and Lawson Frazier will be joined by Chengsheng (Alex) Lu, associate professor of environmental exposure biology at the Harvard School of Public Health to discuss the threats posed to bees by pesticides and colony collapse disorder. Read about Professor Lu’s research here.