Don’t BEE Afraid! HoneyFest Saturday, Sept. 10th

This post originally appeared in Contact with Kettering Community Magazine Fall 2016 Research has shown that the bee population has declined significantly since 2008 due to habitat loss, reduced food sources, pesticides, climate change, and bee diseases. But why should the average consumer care about an insect that is commonly feared and thought of as a nuisance? Bees are pollinators--insects that cause plants to make fruit or seeds. They assist plants in reproducing by carrying pollen from flower to flower. Many crops are dependent on pollinators including pumpkins, watermelons, pears, peaches, plums, apples, and blueberries.…

Countryside Park’s New Pollinator Garden

With financial support provided by the Levin Family Foundation, a new pollinator garden has been installed in Countryside Park on the Washington Township Recreation Campus. Included in the design are seventeen varieties of native plants, three butterfly houses, a bench, and stepping stones. The pollinator garden is located along the northwest edge of Countryside Park which runs behind Rec West, the Recreation Center and east of the Rec Center. Pollinator gardens help restore and maintain abundant and healthy populations of butterflies and bees that are essential to pollination. Why are pollinators so crucial for human…

37 Million Bees Found Dead After Planting Large GMO Corn Field Treated with Neonicotinoid Class of Pesticides

37 Million Bees Found Dead After Planting Large GMO Corn Field Treated with Neonicotinoid Class of Pesticides Originally Posted By Green Food Magazine on March 22, 2016 Millions of bees dropped dead after GMO corn was planted few weeks ago in Ontario, Canada. The local bee keeper, Dave Schuit who produces honey in Elmwood lost about 37 million bees which are about 600 hives. “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. While many bee keepers blame neonicotinoids, or “neonics.” for colony collapse of bees and many countries…

Upcoming Community Events

Follow this link to check out these upcoming events in your local Dayton community! Pollinator Workshop at Brukner Nature Center on June 18th Pollinator Honey and Bee Festival at Whole Foods Dayton on June 25th