Help us spread the word. October 15 is the last day for receipt of entries to the 4th annual Black Jar Honey Contest, a contest that judges honey solely on its taste. Last year's Grand Prize winner came from an island off the coast of the Cape of South Africa, the only place its nectar source grows! The chef judges described it as "like butterscotch."
This year's Grand Prize winner will receive $1000, and the category winners (Best Local, Most Exotic, etc.) will walk away with $150. Not only is this contest a fundraiser for the Center for Honeybee Research, it also helps the Center educate the public about the relationship between pollinators and plants. When honey bees find a rich floral source, they tell their sisters and collect as much nectar as possible from that species. That's what scientists call "floral constancy," making honey bees beloved pollinators by farmers who need their crops pollinated to produce fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Great News! Bee City USA is the recipient of Greenlife Grocery's Bag Donation Program for October, 2012. During the month of October, for every customer who shops at Greenlife Grocery in Asheville, NC, and uses a reusable bag at checkout, Greenlife will donate Five Cents to Bee City USA! This is great way to shop locally and raise awareness for urban beekeeping and pollinator habitat.
We are proud to partner with Greenlife Grocery and are thankful for their "Share the Buzz" campaign. TOGETHER, we can do a lot in urban environments to save pollinators. Thank you for your part!
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WHAT? Asheville celebrates its designation as the inaugural Bee City USA on National Honey Bee Day.
WHEN? Saturday, August 18, 2012, 8:00 am - 1:pm. Pollinator parade and proclamation at 10:15.
WHERE? Asheville City Market, 161 S. Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801.
DETAILS: Children's tent, honey tasting, and scavenger hunt throughout the day. Children are invited to make bee wings and antennae from 9:45 until 10:45, which they can model in a pollinator parade. Learn about relationship between our food and pollinators, and how to make your yard more pollinator-friendly. Beekeeping suits and pollinator costumes are encouraged!
Photo courtesy of US Fish & Wildlife Service, by Brette Soucle
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Header photo by: Nancy Lee Adamson
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