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National Honey Bee Day is celebrated at Sky Meadows State Park
Park Visitors learn about bees and their importance
DELAPLANE,VA - National Honey Bee Day is a fairly new holiday that beekeepers enjoy and appreciate.
Local beekeepers gathered at Sky Meadows State Park to celebrate this morning Ramona Morris and her husband have been bee keepers for twelve years and are members of Beekeepers of The Northern Shenandoah who care for the honeybees at sky meadows state park.
"Bees are so interesting you never get bored because your always learning something new." Ramona Morris of Beekeepers of The Northern Shenandoah says.
Ramona says many people don't realize that bees make a lot more than honey.
"Go to the grocery store and look at all the groceries there you will see all sorts of beautiful fruits and vegetables, without the bees, we would have maybe a third amount of that food." Morris says.
National Honey Bee Day at the park allowed visitors to witness honey extraction, learn about beekeeping, bees, and why their existence is a vital part of the eating experience right here in the valley.
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"Apples , I mean bees are brought into apple orchards in this area, for the pollination, there would be no able crop without them." Randy Jackson of beekeepers of The Northern Shenandoah says.
Beekeeper Branson Mckay cares for 25 hives, and says most people think they cant get into beekeeping because of location or lack of space. He says many people would be surprised to learn that beekeepers are located in cities like Washington D.C and its surrounding areas.
"They're in cities all over the place, it doesn't take much space, it takes a little bit of time, and a desire, to be a part of something that's incredible."Mckay says.
There are over 150 thousand honeybees here at sky meadows state park and today bee keepers were able to extract over 40 pounds of honey from their hives.
Up to 30 thousand bees can live in one hive, beekeeper Randy Jackson says keeping them is a lot of work, but the bees do most of it. He says hes hopeful that those who attend national honeybee day programs leave motivated to help save them.
"When you have all these people that come to this they're going to be planting plants for the bees, they're going to stop using pesticides and herbicides, that's going to help the environment, not just the bees, that helps all of us." Jackson says.
Although national honeybee day is held one day each year, beekeepers urge the public to be mindful of them all year long.