Friday, April 28, 2006

Planting Taters & Visiting Bees

Spent the morning on the farm planting potatoes and visiting Leo's bees. Did you know that the widespread use of pesticides has killed off most wild bees in the U.S.? Now, every year for the California almond harvest farmers rent bees from around the country to pollinate their fields? (Leo tells me this while I stand by trying to act mellow as he adds a couple of stacks to his crew of them.) Leo has friends who spend their years following harvests with their bees--the insect world's migrant workers--stacked high in the back of their trucks. (Pictured at left: Mav-er Leo Gaev and Added-Value's Ian Marvy (on loan from Brooklyn) lug potatoes.)

The group effort.

Leo in his bee suit.