Faith Sadley

Faith Sadley, a Georgia Master Gardener (GMG) and Director of the GMG program that trains and certifies Georgia Master Gardeners visits Oatland Island to evaluate our apiary as a site project to be used in the GMG certification program.

 

 

 

As you all know, in January of 2014 Oatland Island gave CEBA a permanent home and the use of a shed that has been transformed by the hard work of many members into our new Bee House.

 

 

CEBA Shack

CEBA Shack

 

 

 

It has or will shortly have, running water, electricity, a large working sink, a freezer and shelving that makes any home pantry owner wistful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quite a few CEBA hives have been installed in the bee yard and Robert Potts works hard to keep the bee yard mowed and groomed.  The apiary events have been well attended by members, wanna-be beekeepers and the general public.  This is all in line with CEBA’s mission and plans.

 

CEBA Apiary

CEBA Apiary

 

The next phase of CEBA Apiary development requires the planning and implementation of a Pollinator Friendly Habitat in the bee yard.  Friends of Oatland (FOO) has generously committed $500 to kick start our site preparation and planting purchases.   But – WHO is to design, choose and install the pollinator habitat?

 

Georgia Master Gardeners to the rescue!!!

 

Faith Sadley submitted the CEBA Apiary as a required project for GMG and it has been accepted!

This is a HUGE success for CEBA as we now have the resources of seasoned Master Gardeners overseeing the efforts of Master Gardener candidates in creating this unique habitat.

 

Rob, Sue, Faith, Barbara & Greg

Rob, Sue, Faith, Barbara & Greg

We are also applying to the Georgia Master Gardener program for a grant to help cover some of the costs involved.  If all goes as planned we will have a final draft for the landscape design soon and bed preparations will start this fall followed by fall plantings.

 

In addition to the Pollinator Habitat, designed for honey bees AND other native pollinators, CEBA has plans for a beautiful drip fountain with benches so that not only the bees but the humans visiting Oatland will have a place to sit and enjoy the fountain.

 

Also in our development plans is a Gazebo that will house a permanent observation hive and be open for the public to enjoy, hopefully year round.

 

CEBA welcomes any and all helping hands in Apiary events, garden preparation, planting and construction of our fountain and gazebo.  So, please contact Greg Stewart, via the CEBA website if you have the itch to pitch in!

 

Thank you to all that have supported CEBA making this a showcase Apiary.

Barbara Phillips1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Phillips

Board of Directors, CEBA