Bee Ayer is an organic farmer, floral designer, teacher and consultant. She specializes in small farm and garden based education program planning and design.
Bee loves raw okra, growing food and flowers and working towards food justice. She has a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. She commonly is known as Farmer Bee and The Chicken Lady.
She has started and managed various school and community gardens in New York and Michigan.She spent eight years growing food and teaching in NYC. In 2009 She founded The Youth Farm, a one-acre production and education farm on the front lawn of The High School for Public Service in Crown Heights Brooklyn. She also founded the popular Fort Hen – a large chicken coop at a community garden and space for multiple urban chicken programs, as well as the cities first egg CSA.
As an educator she has developed curriculum and taught pre-school students through adults topics ranging from worm composting dances to planning long-term farm budgets. She co-founded and teaches Small Farm Planning for Farm School NYC. She focuses on popular education and hands on garden-based curriculum.
In the 2015 season she grew specialty cut flowers and hot peppers in the Hudson Valley as the Farm Manager for Tiny Hearts Farm. When not farming or teaching she rides her bike, shares meals with her friends and family, and travels the world visiting organic farms and intentional communities.
This year Bee has started a new farm Get Down Farm, in her home town of Dexter, MI. Get Down farm produces naturally raised pasture chickens and specialty cut flowers. In addition to the farm, Get Down Farms Blog is a place to find information and tips on raising chickens, growing organic flowers, renovating houses and all things farmy.