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Future Apiary Receives a Fence

by Bobby Blair
May 17, 2017

Holliston will be the first city or town in the state to become a host to a community bee apiary, according to Community Farm Advisory Committee (CFAC) Chairwoman Kris Westland. The project is a joint one headed up by the CFAC along with the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association and the Holliston Friends of the Community Farm. On Saturday May 18th a crew installed a new fence around the future bee yard which is located in an obscure portion of the farm located at 34 Rogers Road and which received the Conservation Commission's Blessings.

The Norfolk County Beekeepers will manage the apiary which will house five of their hives, and a total of fifteen spots will be open to town residents.

Kris Westland told the Reporter that a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Family Farm Day on June 11th with state officials attending.  Both Westland and PJ Kilkelly, chairman of the Ag/Com and the Friends of the farm https://hollistoncommunityfarm.org/ were instrumental in making the project happen from obtaining funding to permitting.

Recently felled white pine on the property will soon be milled and rough hewn on the site to shiplap the barn on the property. CFAC member Jim Tarelli will undertake the milling process. The fields will soon be planted with buckwheat as a cover crop just in time for swarms of hungry bees. The field will also have a crop of pumpkins planted on May 25th by industrious middle schoolers.

 

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Comments (3)

What a great addition to the Community Farm and honor and distinction for Holliston. Good work making this happen.

- Utah Nickel | 5/17/17 8:18 AM

Thanks for writing this up! We are excited for the opening ceremony of the Community Apiary. The Community Apiary will be managed through the Friends of the Farm group, in cooperation with the Holliston Community Farm Advisory Committee. The Norfolk County Beekeepers Association sponsored this project and will have 5 hive sites. Application forms will be available by 5/22 for interested beekeepers on the hollistoncommunityfarm.org web site. Feel free to email me at Kristine.westland@gmail.com with any questions. Kriss

- Kriss Westland | 5/17/17 8:12 AM

Congratulations. What a fantastic thing for Holliston and the beekeeping community.

- Tony | 5/17/17 6:49 AM

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