The Ashland Daily Tidings published a story about the Oregon Honey Festival that occurred on November 15. Author John Darling interviewed Kristina LeFever of the Pollinator Project Rogue Valley who was sharing information about organic pesticides and Ashland City Council's upcoming vote on Bee City USA in December.
UNC student Kristin Ruffin produced a nice story at weeklyzeal.com and Carolina Week about why Carrboro feels its important for cities to champion pollinators. Adlerman Bethany Chaney is encouraging volunteers to adopt pollinator gardens throughout the town.
Hear Jon's adventures in beekeeping and supplying beekeepers in the Asheville area Sunday, October 26, 5:00 - 7:00. Visit Wild Mountain Bees here and K2 Studio here. Located in downtown Asheville across from Tops for Shoes on College Street, K2 Studio has hosted the PolliNation Exhibit of bee-related art, furnishings, home decor, botanicals, and jewelry since June 13. There are only 10 days left to shop and support Bee City USA!
Jill Warren Lucas recently wrote a spectacular story about the many ways that Asheville, North Carolina, is buzzing about bees from its finest restaurants to retailers and B&Bs (or was that Bee&Bees?)
Asheville Bee Charmer just opened its second location on Battery Park in downtown Asheville, where customers taste honey from around the world. You can also find authentic wax candles, clothes for baby bees....let your imagine wander.
North Carolina's beekeeping chapters tend to be very active. Today, the McDowell County chapter wanted to show its support for the work of Bee City USA and presented a check to Bee City USA founder and director, Phyllis Stiles. Phyllis and Lonnie wear the bee antennae that Bee City USA often give children at festivals to help them find nectar in flowers! Many thanks to the McDowell County beekeepers.
Ever since Talent became a Bee City USA community in early August, interest in helping the bees just keeps growing. On September 22, leader Dolly Warden spoke to the neighboring city of Ashland about why they should become a Bee City USA affiliate and described the process Talent had followed. They formed a grassroots group of citizens to educate themselves and then city council about why pollinators needed their help and how cities could make a difference.
Bee City USA's application process helped them to develop a foundation--a standing committee, signage, website, plant list, annual proclamation and celebration--but the most important thing they did was to make the people of Talent more PC--pollinator conscious, that is. Now they have a pollinator garden at the elementary school, they're talking about a pollinator garden corridor throughout the town, and just yesterday, they pulled together a wide array of people and organizations to rescue a feral beehive wrapped around power lines 20 feet in the air. Public Works staff even built a special box with an observation window to place the colony in, branch and all. It was a TV news event and applause erupted when the bees and their rescuer were safe and sound on the ground. Yay bees! Yay Talent!
You do not want to miss this event! K2 Studio continues its PolliNation Exhibit to raise pollinator awareness and to support Bee City USA through November 1. This Saturday, September 20, 6:30 - 8:00, honeybee whisperer Debra Roberts will share tall, bee-ish tales from her travels in Turkey, Malta and other far-flung places, This event is free at K2 Studio in downtown Asheville, NC, at 59 College Street.
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.
Header photo by: Nancy Lee Adamson
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