Two UMass Amherst gardens win ‘Bee Spaces’ Awards

Two campus gardens campus recently won “Bee Spaces Garden Awards” at the Greenfield-based Langstroth Bee Fest, organized by Sandy Thomas, Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment. The campus recipients were the Pollinator Garden at the Agricultural Learning Center’s Wysocki Farm, begun and managed by Stephen Herbert with support from the Massachusetts Grange, and the student-initiated and managed Franklin Permaculture Garden at Franklin Dining Commons.

Former Gov. Deval Patrick, a beekeeper himself, was on hand at the June 3 festival to give out the first annual Langstroth Bee Spaces Awards, sponsored by the Franklin-Hampshire Beekeepers Association and the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield. The church was once home to the “father of American beekeeping,” the Rev. Lorenzo L. Langstroth, sixth pastor of the church.

The awards recognize gardens that help the little pollinators by providing food for foraging bees in flowers and plants, a reliable water source and that they use no toxins. Winners received a plaque designed and made by Shelburne Falls potter Molly Cantor. Boston Globe, News Office release