GLOUSTER – Head deep into Glouster, Ohio and you’re sure to eventually come across 11972 Black Road, the address of a quiet home which doubles as a hive for the community.
The Beehive, a home purchased and run by couple Jon Rose and Devin Aeh-Canary, opened recently after renovations. Offering a space for community members to hold intimate classes, events or even just meetings, the couple intends to bring together Glouster and the surrounding area with their cozy communal home.
On Sunday, Sep. 26, an edible foraging workshop hosted by Adrienne Albano was held for a small fee of $10. Those interested in getting out into the woods near Burr Oak State Park, foraging for wild edible plants and then making them into snacks such as tea or salads were able to work with Albano for around two hours.
“We’re always looking for just kind of cool stuff,” Rose said, describing the process of selecting classes and events to host at the Beehive. “(Albano) is very interested in forest farming and has done a lot of stuff with foraging, farming, gardening and those kinds of things. She’s passionate about it and wants to do it and now that we have the space available, why not?”
Of course, the class was hosted with expectations of social distancing and recommended mask wearing. However, the majority of the class was held outside, offering a safe way for community members to get out of the house and acquire knowledge on edible plants in their backyards.
In the near future, yoga and printmaking classes, edible foraging workshops and other events are going to be offered at the Beehive. A fundraiser, the Devil’s Hollow Benefit Show, was also held Sunday, to raise money for Canary Acres Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary that also sits on the Beehive’s 16-acre property.
If anyone is interested in teaching a class or hosting an event, the Beehive encourages them to reach out via their Facebook page. Rose couldn’t emphasize enough their desire to give locals a platform to teach their community, especially because the pandemic has disconnected many and forced countless families to turn to homeschooling.
“We’re hoping to be able to bring people back together and get out in nature and have fun and learn stuff that they didn’t know beforehand,” Rose said. “The idea behind the event space is that there’s just nothing like it in the area… so we’re hoping to give people another place to share their passions and gifts.”