MaryJane's Farmgirl Sisterhood

Earning Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges

Garden Gate

9. The Secret Life of Bees


  • Plant bee-friendly flowers in your garden.
  • Read Sue Monk Kidd’s Secret Life of Bees.


  • Research the health difference between raw honey and processed honey.
  • Find a local honey vendor.
  • Read Bees: Nature’s Little Wonders, by Candace Savage.


  • Raise your own bees and harvest the honey, sharing with others.
  • Visit a local beekeeper and help harvest the honey.
  • Share your experience on the Farmgirl Connection chatroom under Merit Badge Chit Chat.

(The books required for this badge are available on loan from MaryJanesFarm; e-mail

April, 2024 Edition