Bees and Veggies and Music in Mattapan

September 11th, 2007 by Harrumpher Leave a reply »

I need more info, quotes and pix to finish an urban beekeeper tale. All should fall into place this Saturday in Mattapan Square.
urban hive

There shall be vegetables, gardens, master gardeners, bee hives, music, a plant swap and like that, sweetheart. The Boston Natural Areas Network hoosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival & Perennial Divide.

It is Saturday, Sepetmber 15th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Natives gardens at
30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan Square

My local beekeeper, Mike Graney, has his production hives there. He claims those in my immediate neighborhood are his pets. But the hundreds of pounds of honey he sells annually come from the set of hives down on the Neponset River.

He says that the hosts will have the hats and netting for those of us who just have to handle the honey makers and their comb frames.

This event is free, but you only have four hours, slugs. Get with it.

The full description is:

Free Event, All Welcome

FREE PLANT SWAP: Gardeners are invited to exchange, donate or simply take home perennial divisions and other plants. (Please pre-divide plants into smaller pieces and bring containers to take your plants home.) Master Urban Gardeners will be available to give advice on plant care.
PLANTS FOR SALE: Select native plants propagated at City Native Nursery will be available for purchase.
ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH: Enjoy a special children’s activity.
MUSIC: Live music by Two for the Show.
TOUR: The Learning Garden.
MARKET PRODUCTS: Take advantage of the gardeners market of honey, fresh produce, baked goods and other products produced by community gardens to help support their gardens.
INCREDIBLE CROP OLYMPICS: To enter, bring your crop to the judges’ table at the Festival. You can enter more than one category, but entries must be at the judges’ table before 12:00 p.m. Winners will be announced at 1:00 p.m. Contest categories: Biggest Tomato (circumference measured in inches). Heaviest Zucchini (weight measured in pounds and ounces). Largest Sunflower (diameter measured in inches). Most Voluminous Vegetable (circumference measured in inches).

This is madness…no, this is urban gardening.


5 Responses

  1. Rhea says:

    I live in JP and I buy local. There are some beekeepers in JP, too!

  2. Harrumpher says:

    Oo. who are the others? Maybe they’ll show at this. Mike is the one I know, and he is from my end of JP as well. He is just bi-neighborhood apiarist.

  3. Andy says:

    What don’t you know?? I think this sounds like a lovely way to spend a few hours on a Saturday…plus I want to see more of those bees!

  4. Harrumpher says:

    Well, Andy, on the bike ride to the garden/hive area, I was wondering how he kept this stuff safe. Mattapan Square is not all that dangerous and I travel there frequently. However, the garden is to the side and would be unlit and unattended at night.

    I saw the chain-link fence and lock. So, has he had problems?

    Is Mike in a apiarist clique here? Are the others in the southern neighborhoods of Boston? Has he or other urban beekeepers he knows suffered from the bee die-off? NYC beekeepers say that linden flower pollen gives a very strong taste — is that an issue here where we have many linden on the street?

    And like that.


  1. Boston Bees…Crikey! - Harrumph!

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