Bee Keeping

We have been ‘buzzing’ about this project at Windwood for years! We are thrilled to have the Bee Cause Organization alive and thriving on our property. Our boys are champions for animals, the environment and themselves as a result of the bee keeping program that The Bee Cause Project and Tami Enright provides!

Who would have thought that a tiny little insect with such a bad reputation is doing so much to make the Lowcountry proud?
One of those places is an organization that has hundreds of thousands of employees who literally work 24 hours a day to help us all
It’s not uncommon to find a beehive in the middle of several Lowcountry classrooms and no one is calling the exterminator. They are there on purpose and donated by the Bee Cause Project.
“The kids love it. The teachers love it. The principal loves showing it off,” Tami Enright with the the Bee Cause Project said. “We created the program so that it would be open to all kids  and schools of all socioeconomic levels,” Enright said.

Tami Enright is the Executive Director of The Bee Cause Project.  She started beekeeping by putting two hives in her front yard garden on Isle of Palms – to help teach her four children about ecology and natural science.  Tami became hooked on bees and beekeeping and soon was asked to teach beekeeping to the children at Windwood Farm in Awendaw.  Tami has expanded her backyard beekeeping hobby into all aspects of her life: She manages over a dozen beehives on a local farm, provides educational services and hands-on experiences with bees to help enrich the lives of all children, and installs honeybee observation hives in local schools to promote honeybee awareness among the next generation.

One beehive location is at Windwood Farm in Awendaw.
   “To teach the kids to appreciate the bees. To have an understanding of      their purpose in the whole world,” Arianne Bauserman said as she showed  off the hive at Windwood Farm. Beekeeping is part of Windwood Farm’s  therapeutic recreation program for the boys who participate in one of our  residential care and treatment programs.
Windwood Farm is a safe haven for abused and neglected children; some    with behavioral issues.
“Rather than looking at the bees as something harmful and something that   can hurt them and something that they want to swat away, it’s something that they can appreciate and understand. I think sometimes our kids often feel that way. They can come from negative backgrounds in a sense of maybe unstable home lives or come from situations where people have viewed them as something threatening,” Bauserman explained.
The children learn that how they handle the bees can translate into how they can handle problems in life.
“They need to be calm. They need to take deep breaths. They need to be patient. They need to listen to directions. That can absolutely go to their behaviors that are expected in school and expected toward dealing with problems,” Bauseman said.
The Bee Cause Project houses their hives on the grounds of Windwood before they are moved into classrooms. It’s basically the home office of the honey-makers. “We are sitting here in a field with 12 bee hives and they are full of bees,” Enright explained.
“We have 25 schools installed in the areas along with a couple of businesses in the area and even some community programs like a YMCA preschool and a girls scout troop,” Enright said.  It’s free for the schools, but with a kind-hearted catch.
“My favorite part of the program is our pay it forward model. If schools are able to, then they can do some sort of fundraiser to pay it forward to another school,” Enright explained. The bees are able to teach in classrooms across the Lowcountry. The bees are used to explain math, geometry, biology and even art. “It is so important because you can read anything in a book and look up anything on the internet but when it is there and they are living it and see it everyday….”

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