Yard Birds Farm is a small scale sustainable apiary, education hub, and experimental garden.
We aim to build soil health by feeding our soil through cover cropping, and organic mineral amendments. We grow honeybees and foraging plants on 21 acres of sandy loam in the heart of the Franklin County.
We integrate regenerative practices to:
Grow healthy honeybees, nourish community connections and promote place-based education.
What does that mean?
-We utilize innovative practices in honeybee management to produce northern honey and honeybees.
-We facilitate educational programming and on-farm research.
-In our work and our classes, on and off the farm we are committed to fostering inclusive space for people of all races, genders, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds to build relationships with the natural world.
-We develop strong partnerships in order to improve the vitality of our community and our planet.
-We acknowledge that we occupy stolen land as settlers, and we hold ourselves accountable to doing the work to dismantle oppressive power structures in our community and leverage our resource and privilege to dismantle these structures. This includes exploring and understanding reparations, as well as contributing time and resources to direct action, organizing, and mutual aid.
-We invite dialogue and constructive criticism to improve our work.
Angela Roell (they/them/theirs) is an writer, facilitator, evaluator, organizer and beekeeper. They have had the honor of studying beekeeping with Dee Lusby and Kirk Webster. They use moon cycles and ritual practice to collaborate with honeybees. Off farm, they use ecological systems as a model for cultivating tools for organizational change.
Bi Kline (they/them) is a gender gemini with passios for teaching, learning, drumming and small engine repair. They loves caring for the forest, land and soil using regenerative practices. This farm is so lucky to have them!