By Koffi Kpachavi, President of the Fremont Area Beekeepers
Photos by FAB
By now you have no doubt heard about how bees are struggling to survive due to a confluence of factors, none easily remedied. You are also likely aware of the important role bees play in our food production system. They are responsible, directly or indirectly, for producing 1 out of 3 bites of the food we consume. Unfortunately, bees have been dying at an alarming rate.
We all know and agree that we must do something. The question then is, what exactly? Two local organizations have decided to take action to help the bees. Late last year, the Fremont Area Beekeepers (FAB) entered a partnership with the Kropscoptt Environmental Center, with the goal of bringing community awareness to the fuzzy pollinators’ plight by way of the Bee Project.
The Bee Project aims to establish beehives with a safe observation station at the Kropscoptt Environmental Center in Fremont. Fundraising is underway. When the project is complete, the community will have the opportunity to observe demonstrations lead by knowledgeable beekeepers, learn about pollinators, and become aware of things they can do to help.
The Fremont Area Beekeepers is a local bee club with the goal of teaching sustainable beekeeping practices and establishing a support system for local beekeepers. They meet once per month in Fremont. Over the years the club has grown into a strong community of individuals who love honey bees and want to ensure their survival. The club is also trying to develop honey bees that are well suited for the harsh Michigan winters.
Honey bees are very easy to keep, but we realize that may not be for everyone. So, if you are not able to keep bees, it is still possible for you to help by doing a few simple things:
1-Plant a pollinator-friendly garden.
2-Learn about pollinators and teach children about their importance in nature.
3-Support your local beekeepers/club.
4-Include honey (acquired from your local beekeepers) in your diet.
5-Become a member of your local bee club.
If you are interested in supporting the Bee Project at the Kropscoptt Center or have questions, feel free to contact me via email at Silentkapiary@gmail.com or by phone: 231-335-1236.
Join us on Facebook or visit the FAB’s Website
http://www.fremontareabeekeepers.org for more information.
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