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KGA ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM:
"Life With the Hives -- Not Always the Bees' Knees!"
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7:30 PM
Kingston Firehouse, 6 Heathcote Road, Kingston
Did you know:
--That beekeeping goes back 7000 years?
--That to stay warm in winter, bees cluster together in the top of the hive, where it's the warmest, near their food stores? They keep warm by rotating positions in the cluster, the outsiders flexing their muscles to create heat for the insiders, while they all slowly rotate positions.
--That honey has antibiotic properties, unlike sugar, which provides food for decay-causing microbes?
--That a queen bee lays 1500 to 2000 eggs a day?
--That if a queen bee dies or is removed from a hive, worker bees create a new queen?
--That bees perform buzz pollination, also called sonification, in about 8% of flowering plants—including blueberries, eggplants, and chilies?
--That in the US and around the globe, bees are threatened by loss of foraging habitat and by the use of pesticides, especially those called neonicotinoids?
Learn more about the fascinating world of bees and beekeeping from Dennis Rittenhouse, the Small Bee Steward, at our annual meeting. The meeting is open to all, and refreshments will be served.
The Small Bee Steward, Photo by Lee Muenzen
Dennis Rittenhouse began his joyous, non-profit career in about 1975, when his two young children were learning about vegetable gardening and pollination. He has been dabbling in both gardening and honey bees for the last 45 years, until about 8 years ago, when he jumped in with both feet. At that time, beekeeping became a passion for him, with lots of highs and lows. He practices chemical-free honey bee husbandry, and will describe what that means in his presentation. His affiliations include the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, the Central Jersey Beekeepers Association, and the Eastern Apiculture Society.
For more about the Small Bee Steward, visit: http://www.thesmallbeesteward.com/