Maryland is reported to have the highest die-off rate of honey bee’s in the country. Last year, I started researching honey bee’s and learned a lot. I had no idea no real native honey bee’s really existed anymore. Also, I had no idea many farms have to have beekeepers truck bee’s in to pollinate. It’s scary to think this is how we pollinate many things, such as strawberries.
Nobody really knows why they are dying at a rapid rate. In my opinion, it’s the sheer amount of pesticides and herbicides we use. Growing up, I was
Growing up, I was accustomed to perfect green grass and not a weed in site. All my neighbors as well. Little boxes, made of ticky tacky comes to mind ..
I firmly believe the goal to achieve these perfect lawns, no weeds, and no bugs, soaking our yards with chemicals and our produce with chemicals has resulted in this die-off of honey bees.
Instead of just talking about it, how could I attempt to help?
Why not have a hive in our backyard? Sure, it’s a very small step in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a step in the right direction.
So here goes. I’ll document the adventures as I go. Most importantly, I have a 20 year honey bee veteran helping me on this adventure. Stay tuned.