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Pollinator-friendly plants and beehives are intertwined with solar panels at a Minnesota utility company
The Connexus Energy company in Ramsey, Minnesota has a full-acre of solar panels and pollinator-friendly plants on the property. And now, it also has beehives. The Connexus array scored “...
This Vermont man is learning life lessons from his honeybees
It’s the little things in life that count. The little things on Ross Conrad’s property in Middlebury, Vermont, are thousands of honeybees. He has 100 hives and the insects are teaching...
Moving hives can be stressful on the bees, so do it carefully
Backyard beekeeping is a fun hobby for people who want to produce their own honey and have a handy supply of pollinators. The insects can be kept almost anywhere, but there may be instances when you...
Kara Brook farms exclusively for her bees
Kara Brook lives on the east coast of Maryland, and uses beeswax in her artwork. One day she accidentally boiled over a big vat of the wax and decided it would be more sustainable to raise her own...
Beehives on your property can give you more than honey
I love the smell of candles, and those made from beeswax have a natural, sweet aroma. If you have beehives you can make your own candles. Honeybees bring nectar to the hive and eat it. Their wax...
One man is on a mission in South Carolina.
Most people would flee from a dark cloud of honeybees buzzing around them. Scott Derrick relishes the frenetic buzz – at least when he’s dressed in a full-body protective suit. In 2004...
Backyard beekeeping can be a “honey” of a hobby
People get into beekeeping for a variety of reasons. Maybe they want the honey, need the bees for pollinating a fruit crop, or just to help increase the declining honeybee population. It’s wise...
Native trees are what bees and butterflies prefer
When we talk about planting for pollinators, we often think about native wildflowers. But trees are just as important. Nationwide, the top trees for pollinators are oak, cherry, plum, willow, birch,...
Plant for pollinators this year during National Pollinator Week, June 15 – 21, 2015.
National Pollinator Week is a celebration of the valuable eco-system services provided by bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and beetles, and was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership...
Government goals are to reduce honey bee colony losses, increase monarch butterfly numbers, and restore or enhance millions of acres of land for pollinators.
Pollinators are critical to the Nation’s economy, food security, and environmental health. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year, and...