Fertilization Fete: Camphill Village celebrates Pollinator Week

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Millions of Americans suffer from sneezing, coughing, runny noses, and watering eyes every year once the pollen starts to fly. Pollen is on a mission to fertilize plants, but usually takes a detour into human noses and throats. Despite the allergic annoyances that pollen causes, it's an important part of the natural world. So much so that PA Governor Tom Corbett, along with 49 other state governors have declared June 20-26, 2011 “Pollinator Week.”

Governor Corbett signed the proclamation recognizing "Pollinator Week"thanks to the efforts of Alice Dworkin, who is the estate manager at Camphill Village Kimberton Hillsin Kimberton, Pa. The week's goal is to share the importance of pollinators with the public. Animals that pollinate include bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles.

In honor of "Pollinator Week" the Camphill Café will offer a special menu featuring foods that are pollinated. While many of there regular menu choices contain pollinated foods, additional offerings include:

·        Vegetables (carrots, onions, pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower, celery) with coconut milk and lemon over brown basmati rice

·        Tomatosoup with red pepper, bell pepper, chili pepper and coriander.

·        Fruit crisps: cranberries and apples or raspberries, peach and mulberries

(Italicized items are pollinated).

After you have indulged in their mouth watering pollinated, organic and local food, stick around for a tour of Camphill Kimberton’s gardens and orchards onn Wednesday, June 22, at 2p.m. The gardens are Bee-utiful (get it?) and the tour will teach you just how this sustainable farm produces its delicious crops while contributing to our region's ecosystem. In order to reserve a spot for the tour please contact Bernadette Kovaleski at 610-935-8660 or bernadetter@camphillkimberton.org by Monday June, 20.

Look for more Pollinator Week events happening during the week of June 20th throughout the Tri-State area. For more information, and a full list of events click here. Plus, learn more about Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in our upcoming August issue's Farm Profile.