You can read about the Herbs4Bees first project: From Bloom to Boom in an article published in the Spring 2017 edition of the Seed Broadcast (
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Excerpt: “Many a moon ago, our ancestors discovered the joys of growing food and medicine through observation. They learned from Mother Nature’s symbiotic relationships with landscapes through Father Time to nurture cultures and traditions steeped in a mosaic tapestry of sights, sounds, perfumes and flavors. Many of these intrinsic sensations are connected to food through the act of foraging, growing, and harvesting wild and cultivated nutrients for mind, body and spirit. It is through and with food that we find our individual persons nourished and our social ani mal genes are encouraged to feast with each other. We discover which foods we like; to the extent that over time, we begin to share these foods and their ingredients with other families and communities. We begin to source these foods; and in so doing, begin saving seeds, cultivars and cuttings to exchange.
These seeds hold many a story that has been passed down from one generation to the next-
season after season. Sculpted by the raging winds, the torrential downpours, the driest of
droughts and the almighty Zia sun- radiating down to caress the growth of Mother Earth’s
dynamic manifestations. And it is with Mother Earth’s midwives, that these seeds are able to
manifest. They are able to continue a legacy of sharing stories sculpted through the seasons:
from the highlands to the lowlands, from forested lands to farms.
Some of these midwives are fuzzy with six legs and striped bodies. They, and others pollinators like them- participate in a communal dance or-
chestrated by the spinning and tilting of Mother Earth’s axis. They, too have stories to tell and share. Their stories have been sculpted through
dynamic landscapes that Mother Nature and Father Time have seasonally impressed upon them. They, too deserve to be nurtured and
to be saved, like seeds- to share with families and communities.”
About the Author: Melanie Margarita Kirby established Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute ( in the Southern Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexicoto better support regional pollinator propagation and consilience (multi-disciplinary) research. She currently serves on the inaugural board of the USDA American Honey Bee Germplasm Repository Program, editor of Kelley Beekeeping online newsletter, and as a blogger for Mother Earth News. She has been keeping bees professionally for 20 years; learning from bees and their keepers in South, North and Central America, the Caribbean, Mediterranean, North Africa and Eastern Europe.