2012 was the first year we teamed up with Peace Bees to help increase the bee population, educate people on Bees. Now you may or may not know about the importance of Bees, but its huge. 30% of our crops are pollinated by bees. So without them think how hard it would be to buy an Apple for example. In some countries they hand pollinate crops which is labor intensive, and produces a poor crop. Honey Bees are gentle creatures that work together to sustain themselves. And in the process they help our flowers and crops grow. When managed properly they also provide us with a great food source. But there is more to Bees then just honey other by products include. Beeswax which can Bee used for candle making, a lubricant and more. So why are we so interested in urban Bees. Well they thrive in the Urban Enviroment. They produce more honey, and have a better survival rate then their rural counterparts. We are not sure why. It could be the abundance of flowers we plant or the lack of pesticides. Whatever the reason the facts are the facts. So our mission with Peace Bees is to grow Beekeepers and build overall awareness. Ok so now that I have lured you in with my title lets get to my title. So this year was my first foray into Beekeeping, and I remember the first day I meet Steve out at the Garden to check on the Bees. I put on the Bee suit and went in following the rules Steve opened the hive and I was able to hold a frame full of Bees. It was great ...best pets ever !! I soon found out is was not just me. Everyone who came to the garden and put the suit on and visited the Bees. Thats why I decided that the Bee suit holds special powers. In 2013 we will Bee hosting a complete Beekeeping program see our classes tab for more informat
Hi my name is Mitch I am the Unity Garden Manager. I am a Purdue Master Gardener, and teach many of the gardening classes. I also manage the LaSalle Square Garden, and maintain the website, blog and newletter For older stories check out ourold blog .