Workshop: Beneficial Bugs and Insect Hotels

Bug hotel in Oakham, UK. Although often called a hotel, some bees will live in a nest for up to nine months as they develop from egg, through the larval stage, into adulthood. Photo by Anne Crasey.

When: 3-5 p.m. Thursday, June 13
Where: Better Farm
Cost: Suggested $10 donation
Course Description: Tidy gardens, chemically fertilized lawns, and a lack of dead wood in suburban/urban areas mean less and less habitat for wild bees, spiders, and ladybugs. You can combat this issue by creating an "insect hotel" to attract beneficial insects (read: pollinators and pest controllers) to your yard and garden. Learn how construct an insect hotel utilizing items you can find around your house and in your yard. Students will learn all of the above, and then try their hands at actual construction of an insect hotel. Those attending are encouraged to bring items from home for upcycling, including but not limited to discarded pvc pipe pieces, sticks, logs, bricks, flower pots (broken or unbroken), or anything else of your choosing. There will also be items available for use at Better Farm.
Instructor: Nicole Caldwell

To reserve your spot, please e-mail, or call (315) 482-2536. To see our full workshop schedule, please visit

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.