It’s summer time, and the heat is on, meaning most of us are looking for ways to conserve energy and stay cool! Oklahoma is naturally an air-conditioner reliant state. For most of us, it is easy to go from the air conditioned car to the air-conditioned store to the air-conditioned home, and we only really experience the heat when, through obligation, stubbornness, or self-sacrifice, we attend an outdoor sports game, concert, park, etc.
May's general meeting was a great one! Johnson Bridgwater, the Oklahoma Sierra Club Chapter Director gave a presentation on the monarch butterflies, their migrations patterns, habitats, and why efforts to keep their population from dwindling further are important. Stephanie Jordan, bee keeper extraordinaire, presented information around the Mason Bees, and how keeping mason bees can help supplement the pollination efforts of honey bees.
Did you miss the meeting? Check out these links and view portions of the presentation videos here!
Elia Woods, CommonWealth Urba. Elia Woods has been a home gardener for 30 years. She worked as farm manager for KamalaGamble/Guilford Gardens before co-founding CommonWealth Urban Farms in the fall of 2010. Starting with one vacant lot in the Central Park neighborhood, CommonWealth now grows enough vegetables for weekly pick-up for 30 members, 8 months of the year. Countless volunteers and visitors have learned about growing food, composting, rainwater collection, bio-remediation and more.