New from National October 2008 Edition

Letter from the National President, Mrs. Joseph W. Tiberio

History doesn’t pass the dishes again.

Do you realize that we the members of the Woman’s Farm and Garden Association are an historically important group? That by belonging, that by being members we have inherited a unique and special identification with equal privileges and responsibilities. Both of these are historically significant and continuing.

Here is my latest report to you.

You would be pleased with the progress of our “home base” (so to speak) and that the home base is the original head house of the Ambler greenhouse. How very sophisticated our 1914 green push seems now, with its fairly rustic beginnings.

Other organizations have grand buildings proclaiming many fine gifts and service to our country and community. But ours, in this day of increasing environmental awareness and agricultural crisis continues to stand for all to see simple and fundamental.

We ARE the folks who began greenness on this same campus during another time of need and crisis.

What is left of the historic greenhouse comes the challenge of restoration and use of the head house for our home base… a headquarters. Hazel Herring with the support of all, will make sure that we are claiming a place at last to put down real visible roots.

During my visit there two weeks ago, I inspected the freshly painted head house and enjoyed a huge social event, connected with our own Jenny Rose Carey’s Arboretum. Susan Yeager and Diane Berman and Kathy Beveridge of Keystone Branch joined Linda Lowe along with a host of others to honor Dean James Hilty and his pretty wife, Kathy. Woman’s Farm and Garden was prominently promoted by all of them in this first time-ever use of the space around the head house.

On the subject of bees, The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture has issued a warning to all beekeepers to move hives away from Maple trees which have been infected with imidaclorprid to eradicate the Asian long-horned beetle. Presumably beekeepers in other states are aware of this.

Please keep sending in clippings, notes, newsletters. I do hope you are working toward the prizes being offered and helping the bees and beekeepers in your communities. Kay Engelhart sent in a story from Saginaw News about Haagen-Dazs’s Honey Bee event for children. Samples of vanilla honey–bee ice cream and packets of bee friendly flower seeds were given out. Jean De Decker sent a long article from the Detroit News stating that 2.4 million colonies have been lost in the last two years. All of this will raise food prices, and if not stopped, who dares to think of the future?

None of us are wealthy until we realize that we have something money can’t buy. That goes for our history … past, present and future.

September News From National – Faith Tiberio, President

Dear Members,

You are to be congratulated, and many, many bows to our beloved Hazel Herring. A telephone call from Ambler has confirmed that they have received from Margaret Latham, the payment due on the Ambler Greenhouse Project for this year.

From Linda Lowe and Dean James Hilty, calls and letters thanking us for updating us on the progress on the project. It has just been given repaired sidewalks, a new electrical system and other necessary repairs. As Dean Hilty said in his letter. “Things are moving ahead”. That is a little pun on the “Head-House”, I suspect.

In the meantime, thank you for your many enthusiastic and helpful letters. I love hearing from you and of course, your ideas are being sought. The New York Farm and Garden newsletter, with articles by

Betty Monahan and Audrey Ehrler and information about our projects are grand. Davene Brown, the editor, does a wonderful, exciting job and an article about the history of aprons will bring back so many lovely memories to those of us in my age bracket. If making a new aprons, maybe “bee pockets”?

Pennsylvania Division’s newsletter was equally important and charming, with a delightful poem by Gertrude Heath about “The Bee” accompanied by a black and white bee and blossom drawing. Of note, the Fall General Meeting in October will have Kevin Parsons, on “Bees”.

Other bee news. The Whitney Laboratory in Marineland, Florida, is conducting extensive research on the bee situation: more and more crops have failed because of bee disasters. The University of Florida will be taking part.

I will be attending the Ambler Board this coming week and will check our project first hand; I have just returned from Savannah, Georgia where alarm over the bee situation is widespread. An article in the Detroit News, just sent to me by Jean De Decker, specifically mentions the Best Honey Farm, Lansing, which trucks bees to South Georgia and other states, helping to pollinate our food supply.

Jean Getty reports that one beekeeper in her area simply lost bees to a bear. She also sent an article by Bob Henke in The Post Star, about Propolis. Propolis is made by honeybees from tree sap, and is used to seal up holes in the hive’s living quarter. The article ends with the statement that some people will pay more for “bee glue” than for honey. Violin makers use this honey-glue and it seems to treat Herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 and some parasitic infections; it’s no wonder that we need honeybees.

Again my thanks to all of you and to Kay Engelhart for printing our News from National.

Faith Tiberio
September 2008


Other News ~ The Website, is nearing completion of the updates approved by members in January and June of this year. This is a great way to share WNF&GA with all you know – send them to the Website for history, education and scholarship, current happenings, awards, recognition, membership and be sure to click on the blog for the latest information from the President and watch there also for updates on the coming annual meeting.

Also on the website you’ll find information, and registration forms for the two Grants awarded by WNF&GA: The Hazel Herring Civic Improvement Grant and the Marla Diamond Master Gardener Grant. These are valuable grants to apply for – share the information with your branch.

Reminder also that you can contact the Divine Chocolate company for fundraising packets – this company supports Fair Trade Companies in Ghana. As members of the international community, we also share this dedication – fair trade. Contact phone: 202-332-8913 or

From the President, Faith Tiberio

News, thoughts, comments and reminders from WNF&GA
First and foremost, we must keep the historic greenhouse site at Ambler in mind and heart. Hazel Herring has been struggling mightily to keep us on schedule.

Then we come to our “Bee Project”. Everyone now is aware of the danger of losing the bees, and the bee’s important contribution which it can make to our country and to our food supply.

As I mentioned in Kay Engelhart’s valuable “News to the National” this President will personally give prizes in the following categories:

1. The branch that had done the most to publicize (and most newspapers are eager for bee stories) and promote help for the bees locally. This can be programs, working with the local bee-keepers, working with 4H clubs or other farm groups, and with schools. The prize is $500.00.

2. There is a second place prize of $300.00

3. There is a third place prize of $100.00

4. Two $50.00 prizes for the member who contributes the best recipe using honey and another for best flower arrangement (photos to be submitted) using flowers that bees visit.

5. For every member keeping bees, there will be a pin.

We should mention a few of the recent articles on bees and honey. Martha Stewart’s, Living Magazine with articles about bee’s skeps for garden, china of “whimsy and elegance”, honey cakes, flower vases and more.

Food and Wine magazine, featuring Honey-tomato bruschetta, and more; the Wall Street Journal dated July 11, 2008 with a cautionary article. Almost every day, you will find somewhere, information on our bees, and I was so pleased to receive your many letters supporting this project.

At our June meeting, the prizes will be awarded and submissions should be made by April 15, 2009, to me. They will be forwarded to a committee of three, headed by Dr. John Peterson, of Cal-Poly.

On other matters, Sylvia Anderson is preparing her Participation in Country Women of the World, representing us very ably.

Also, I do want to mention how practical and enjoyable it is to use the canvas shopping bags made by one of the branches and are available at Ambler. And of course it’s good for the environment.
Notice from the Editor and Coordinator of Promotion and Growth, Kathy Beveridge:

The magazine could use additional branch and division news, especially activity related to bees and vegetable gardening or local food production. Please send text and any images you’d like to share electronically (images in jpeg format, 300 dpi) via e-mail to Kathy Beveridge at by August 27th.

Branch and division presidents, please recommend a local liaison for our national promotion and growth efforts. This will be a time limited involvement requiring only minimal time. Please send names and contact information by September 30 to

August 2008