"As a nature lover when I became aware of the pollinator decline crisis my heart moved me to action and I bought my first beehive. With lots of research, preparation and work my new hobby quickly became a huge love in my life. Supporting these amazing creatures has been such an amazing adventure and learning experience. I have always been a lover of nature and all things green, but wth the bigger issue of “no farms no food” and really “no bees no pollination no food” I knew that I could make a difference and lend a hand to the global crisis we are all facing. Several overlapping factors to this heartbreaking and dangerous decline in pollinators/honey bees is the los of agricultura, hábitat fragmentation, human induced environmental change, climate change and largely the use of pesticides."
"Though I fall under the category of Youth In Agriculture, I consider myself an old soul. I’ve always appreciated nature and the simpler things in life, as well as the traditions, people, and cultures that came before me. When I was little I remember playing with my stuffed animals and pretending I was a vet or a farmer who was taking care of them. Right from the start I felt drawn to animals and our planet and that connection has carried throughout my life. I hope to use rotational grazing practices and humane animal husbandry to not only give my animals the best quality of life I can, but to also help leave the land better than how we found it. Part of my love for the animals also calls me to honor them in making sure nothing goes to waste. To that end I use ancient felting and tanning techniques to create something beautiful and useful out of what would otherwise be thrown away. Without farms there isn’t food; but without respect and consideration for the earth at the forefront, we won’t be able to farm in future generations. It’s important to me to learn as much as I can and do my part in protecting our earth and the creatures that live on it, and to help others to do the same."
As sisters we have found a way to combine our passions into a force for good. Coupling Beekeeping and Shepherding, together we use our passions in a responsible way to improve soil structure and health. Our work will contribute towards environmental healing and our education programs will widen that reach and encourage the community to make earth-healthy choices. We pledge to always stay true to the “big picture” mentality and put earth, animal, and community health as our first priority." - Xo, J + S