Flower bombing local fields
On Oct. 22, Dunbar School 5th-grade students launched “flower bombs” – biodegradable eggshells with soil and native wildflowers – into a field at Lasseter Family Winery. It’s all part of a partnership between the Lasseter family and Dunbar Elementary School to promote bee-friendly habitat on their property. The Lasseters treated each class to a ride on a mini locomotive in order to throw their “flower bombs” at different spots on the property. After the train ride, students learned about honey bees from bee expert Randy Sue Collins. Since grapes are one of the few crops that do not need to be pollinated by honey bees, the vines do not provide food for them. Collins explained that in the middle of Wine Country, providing bee-friendly habitat is an important part of creating a healthy ecosystem. Nancy Lasseter said it was important to involve the students in this process as neighbors, and as an educational tool, plus it was fun. “It’s like graffiti, with flowers,” said Lasseter. Photo by Sarah C. Phelps.