This month join Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in celebrating National Pollinator Week: June 18-24, 2012. This week is intended to create awareness about pollinators and their importance to the environment and to the food supply.
Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. The work of pollinators ensures full harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere.
Foods grown in Pennsylvania that need honeybees (more than other pollinators) are very diverse and include apples, berries, broccoli, cucumbers, peaches and watermelon.
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is home to approximately 15 thriving bee hives, where bees pollinate the fruits and vegetables in the Sankanac Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) gardens, the Secret Garden Herb Garden, the orchards, vineyards, flowers and trees across the 432-acre biodynamic farm and intentional community.
The Camphill Café, in the heart of the village and open to the public, serves seasonal foods grown both biodynamically and organically in Camphill Kimberton’s CSA gardens. The Camphill Café, a member of Fair Food Philly, was recently renovated and features geothermal heating and air conditioning, natural solar tube lighting and outdoor seating. The café is open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will be celebrating Pollinator Week by featuring foods on the menu reliant on the pollination of insects in order to grow.
The exceptional menu includes:
- Entrée special - Coconut Curry with carrots, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, squash, raisins, cranberries and tofu (soy beans) over basmati rice.
- Soup - Coconut, ginger and lemon with carrots, zucchini, celery, green beans and chick peas with rice.
- Dessert - Raspberry, blueberry and blackberry crisp.
Many of the Café’s regular offerings also contain pollinated foods, including:
- Chicken salad: made with safflower oil, walnuts and cranberries.
- Salad dressing: made with local honey, safflower oil, sesame oil, apple cider.
- Mango lassi: made with mango and cardamom
The special Pollinator Week menu will be available from June 19-23. (Italicized items are pollinated foods.)
On Wednesday, June 20, at 2 p.m. a tour of Camphill Kimberton’s gardens will be available for those interested in learning more about the diverse farm community. To reserve your space on the tour, please contact Bernadette Kovaleski at 610-935-8660 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, June 18.
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills and the Camphill Café are located at 1601 Pughtown Road, Kimberton, PA 19442.