“No hours of classroom training or advanced degrees required. Rather, to bee smart is all about the simple choices each of us make each day. What chemicals we use in our yards, what kinds of trees and plants we grow and even what food we shop for can impact the lives of honey bees and other pollinators. Bee smart in the daily choices you make and you too can be a beekeeper — no steely nerves or white bee suit and smoker required!
Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association will reveal ways to Bee Smart at its 8th Annual Honey Bee Festival on Saturday, June 24th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Rockwood Park Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road in North Chesterfield, Virginia. With interest in beekeeping and the important role of the honey bee in our well-being continuing to gain world-wide exposure, this free event should prove entertaining, informative and fun for the entire family, whether your interest is in starting your own hive, planting a pollinator friendly landscape, doing something to help the environment or simply purchasing a jar of delicious local honey.
“This year we hope our guests leave the Festival understanding a few new ways that they too can bee smart.” said Paul Edens, President of the Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association. “This 8th annual Festival is a fun environment for the entire community, from those with no knowledge of the intense challenges facing the honey bee to those thinking about starting a backyard hive to experienced beekeepers”, he added. The Festival will include Buzz Talks — short talks on a wide range of bee related topics, how to create a bee-friendly yard, ask questions of expert beekeepers, and see many displays ranging from easy-to-grow native plants to different styles of bee hives. New this year will be two different ways to safely see actual working honeybee colonies. Always popular with kids-of-all-ages is trying to find the queen bee in the observation hive and visiting the interactive honey extracting demonstration. After face painting, storytelling and a stop at the activity table, kids can also visit the Drone Petting Zoo and pet a fuzzy stinger-free bee! Stock up on some truly unique gifts from the dozens of vendors displaying local honey, beeswax beauty products, bee-friendly plants and a wide variety of one of kind pollinator related arts and crafts. And back again this year will be the always popular local food trucks and music by The Bee Flats.
Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association is a not for profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable, chemical-free beekeeping practices; cultivating community awareness of bees and their important role in our well-being.”