Devin Routh recently led a local crowd in back-to-back events at the Raymond Plank Creative Center here at Ucross. Nearly 40 participants gathered at the Center on July 23rd for a mead making workshop in the afternoon and a dinner-presentation highlighting pollinators and their ecological roles in the evening. Mead, an ancient beverage produced by fermenting honey, is growing in popularity, and represents one of many value added products derived from bees. The first ever batch of Ucross mead is currently under primary fermentation and will be bottled in the coming months. We’re still trying to come up with a particularly fitting name for the Ranch’s first brew. The presentation on pollinators was a big hit, stimulating insightful discussion among those who attended. A honey-themed dinner and dessert helped top off the evening, bringing folks together over casual conversation. We hope to run similar events in the future, so if you have a topic you think would be fitting for a community gathering, please let us know!