v.curiosity | spring2016 | issue 2

v.curiosity

v.curiosity | eat. live. travel. vegan. A digital lifestyle magazine for the v and v-curious. Throw a Garden Party + DIY Seed Balls, Asian-Inspired Tapas, Honey Alternatives, Seasonal Recipes

IT'S TIME TO HAVE THE

TALK ABOUT THE

BIRDS AND THE BEES

(ok, maybe just the bees)

BITING INTO A PEACH STILL

warm from the summer sun is one of

the greatest pleasures I've had in my

life. When we first bought our new

home, a fixer-upper on the west side

but in a great neighborhood, I was

happily surprised when the sadlooking

and hard-leaning tree outside

our kitchen window burst into pink

buds our first spring. Our sink is

directly in front of this window, and

scrubbing pots and pans became an

hour-long affair because I would find

myself stopping and staring at our

blossoming peach tree. Then, it

seemed like overnight, the peaches

were clearly ready to be plucked, and

there I was on a warm summer day

having my first peach straight off the

tree. That summer, we planted six

more fruit trees, and several times a

week I go outside to marvel at the

new buds turning into fruit on their

spindly new branches.

Although we had given up honey

long ago and although the outcry of

Colony Collapse Disorder had been

heard multiple times by my husband

and I, it wasn't as real to me until I

saw all the bees buzzing around my

fruit trees, working hard on these

fledging plants of mine that would, in

a few months time, turn into that

moment when I could go no further

than my own yard for a seasonal

snack.

Research is still being done on CCD,

and the information and reasonings

behind the crisis (yes, it is a crisis)

change daily. But, there is something

we can do about it. We can remove

ourselves from the equation. There

are just too many wonderful options

to have honey on the table.

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