There are many good reasons why Greenwood United Church in Peterborough, Ontario, is called a “Green Church.” In addition to the numerous plantings for pollinators and two hives on the large property, the community canvassed the neighbourhood to ask homeowners to avoid using pesticides. We are happy to designate Greenwood UC the first Bee City Faith Community in Canada!
We continually try to improve our Pollinator Garden to be more Bee Friendly. It is a work in progress. We keep our congregation informed about our Bee Hive News and we work on educating them as well. The community is welcome and encouraged to use our land to explore/watch our Bees and also view out Pollinator garden.
We give each family in our congregation a bottle of honey each Fall! It is always thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated.
Our congregation is kept informed pretty much year-round. Neighbours visit, even check the bees. One neighbour joined our Bee Team this year in preparation for having his own hives.
Our Bee year was good, several new experiences, lost 2 hives over winter, but up and running again in spring. Interview with U.C. magazine, local paper. Joined sustainable Peterborough, and made new contacts.
Our Garden Committee will be planning more aspects for next year. Neighbours enjoy “Bee Visits” for water and nectar.
“We are a Green Church – This is who we are!”
Through Peterborough Green-Up, we became beekeepers in 2016, starting with 1 hive, adding a second in our second year. Our minister and wife also have 2 hives on site. There are signs from Green-Up. We planted pollinator gardens with seedlings started at Thomas A. Stewart High School Horticulture program last year, and some seeds through a commercial program.
We visited each home in our neighbourhood, chatted about pollinator gardens and requested no pesticide use.