Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Urban Beekeepers

In yesterday's News and Observer, there's an article about beekeeping "The latest buzz - Urban beekeeping is swelling". It's a great article and mentions that the NC Beekeepers Association is the largest in the nation with almost 2,000 members. Danny and Mary Jaynes (the Wake County Beekeepers Chapter president and wife) are mentioned. They have 19 hives over in Willow Springs and 30-plus hives here and there. Also, Shannon Hughes, another member of our beekeeping group - 20-30 hives in Fuquay Varina.

Beekeeper Elka Harabin uses smoke to calm the bees before opening their box to feed the hive seven pounds of sugar dissolved in water.

Elka Harabin displays a section of a bee box. The box, started in a friend's downtown yard in May, is thriving.

Thank goodness folks are realizing the importance of bees - always glad to see coverage in the newspaper.