Extension Service offers beginning beekeeping workshop

Extension Service offers beginning beekeeping workshop

“Bee” careful to not miss the Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop given by the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Agency. The Workshop begins on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Extension Service’s cool air-conditioned auditorium in downtown Beaumont at 1225 Pearl St. (corner of Franklin and Pearl). Registration is 8:30-9 a.m. with program beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. The $25 fee not only includes the session but lunch as well. Pre-register until Sept. 8 because seating is limited. Call (409) 835-8461 for questions or to sign up.

Special guest speakers are Brian and Tammy Muldrow, local beekeepers. The morning session covers “Introduction to Beekeeping.” The afternoon topic is “Top Bar Hives.” This great work is sponsored by the Jefferson County Horticulture Committee and all are welcome.

Now … WHY do we want bees? What’s the big deal about having bees around? Quoting C.C. Pollen, “The small little insect that works so tirelessly and quietly around us certainly is one of the reasons why the place of bees in our world is important beyond our understanding. Without them, the development of life on earth, as we know it now, would have been much different and the conditions for human development may not have existed. The conditions we are talking about here are the appearance of the flower-bearing plants and pollinators, with the bees being the crown jewel of the pollinators. The bees, the flowers, human beings and everything that developed alongside humans are all an interconnected series of events over an enormous amount of time.”

Wow! Want more bee info? I would suggest reading C.C. Pollen Company website in its entirety and in addition the book “Leaves of Morya’s Garden,” the Eating Well article” The Importance of Bees to Our Food Supply,” Mother Nature Network’s article “The Importance of honeybees” or the great “A World Without Bees” by Alison Benjamin.

Flowers and bees need one another. Just how important are honeybees to the human diet? Typically, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these under-appreciated workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops, which constitute 1/3 of everything that we eat! According to the Mother Nature Network, losing bees would not only affect staples like apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers, but could threaten our beef and dairy industries. One Cornell University study estimates that honeybees annually pollinate $14 billion worth of seeds and crops in the U.S. alone. So it’s not just the honey. Our bee population is dropping. I hope you sign up for the important and fun honey bee workshop. Bee there. Next week: plants the honey bees love.