Fall at the farm is a great time to learn about some of the plants and animals that live in and around 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). Program will take place from 10-12 AM.
Tea Herb Mixing, 9/19
Are you wondering what to do with all of the tea herbs at Stearns? Do you look at the herbs each pickup, but don’t take them as you are not sure what to do with them? Or do you only use them one at a time? Come learn what they taste like separate and together and how to make your own custom blends.
Instructor Patricia Wilber-Zucker-has been a Stearns sharer for 10 years. She is a medical herbalist and aromatherapist who owns her own company, Grandmother Tree Herbals, in Southborough.
The program runs from 4-6 pm. Registration is required. The program is free for Stearns Farm members and costs $5 for non-members. Register here.
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.
Bat Program, October (exact date TBD)
Although bats are associated with Halloween and many people are afraid of them, these small flying mammals are actually threatened by humans. Come learn about bats, their role in our environment, and the threat posed by white-nose disease, habitat loss, and climate change. Program will take place in the late afternoon so we can look for bats in the skies above Stearns Farm once dusk falls.