Steve Szafran

300-by-300_Steve-Szafran_phoHO_HCT47_12112013_optDescribe your volunteer activities at HCT:
I work as a beekeeper with Justin Wharton at HCT’s Bank Street Bogs Nature Preserve in Harwich Port. This year we have 3 hives.  The honey they produced actually helped fund some of HCT’s land-saving work.

How long have you volunteered?
I have been volunteering with HCT for 6 months.  I saw the HCT article in the Harwich Oracle last winter looking for someone to help with their beehives and decided to give it a try.  I love it.

What do you like most about it, memorable moments?
Bees are so magical.  This is the first time I have worked with bees and every trip I take to the hives is fascinating.  I have even started a hive of my own at home!

What’s special about Harwich and why did you decide to make it home?
I have been coming to Harwich on vacation for 30 years and decided to retire here this year.  Residents have a real appreciation for conservation issues/efforts and there is a great deal of community support.

What do you do when not at HCT?
My home used to be a cranberry farm and I am in the process of restoring the processing barn as a workshop.

What else do you like to do for fun or other activities or volunteering?
I am the volunteer steward for the 2 properties recently given to HCT on Forest and South Streets.  I also think it is very important to support the town and am looking at a town committee to join.