Good evening #countryqueers Angela from @yardbirdsbees back with more stories from our farm.
Here we are, #queerbodiesonland
Maybe for some of you that doesn’t seem like such a radical idea, perhaps space to be queer and outside were abundant in your upbringing.
For me, a kid with origins in an apartment in Queens, whose closest “outdoor” space was a dirt patch under a big oak tree on the corner, being a queer in nature is sheer radical healing magic. It reaches across time and heals generations of my ancestors who were disconnected from land.
As I’ve settled into my own healing on land, I’ve taken the steps to imagine ways this land can be a safe haven for more queer bodies with a desire to center QBIPOC community members.
I’ve started that imagining in my most beloved place, the apiary or #beeyard
Beekeeping is NOT diverse. It’s not intersectional. It’s not innovative. It’s what I like to call “PMS” or pale, male and stale.
My apiary is a queer affirming space, for both honeybee and human collaboration. I’m fairly certain we’re one of maybe 3 queer run apiaries in the continental US. (Side note: If you’re running a #queer #beebusiness I want to know you!) In the apiary I host regular #hivedives or tours inside the hives, mentor new beekeepers and collaborate with artists and creators. I teach courses in the apiary, and outside of it to expand our reach. I imagine new access points with folks, and chase the foundation dollars we need to make it happen. And it is happening, slowly and consciously, in small ways and with thousands of stunning stinging insects working alongside us. Community building is slow work, but work I’m deeply committed to as impactful and meaningful way to be in relationship to land and one another.
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