Bees, bees, bees please!
I’m sure you’ve read about the plight of the honey bees. These flying insects pollinate crops and are crucial to our food supply. They’ve been dying off en masse. As Mother Jones has reported: “… in the last few years scientists have accumulated a compelling pile of evidence pointing to a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids. These chemicals are widely used in commercial agriculture but can have lethal effects on bees. Other pesticides are also adding to the toll. So are invasive parasites and a general decline in the quality of bees’ diets.”
Bees seemed to be feared by some and revered by others. My Momma Aleene was very afraid of bees (and bugs in general) while I have no problem letting them land on me and crawl around. I’m not sure if most people’s fears come from past experience of discomfort or life threatening reactions to their stings or they had a Momma like me who passed along their fear.
No matter what, I think that we can all agree that we need to support the honeybees! Our hives were relocated from Little Tujunga, CA where the local plants were no longer supporting the hives. Our beekeeper took one look at Lockwood’s Ranch and saw that this would be a good place to relocate with the plentitude of valley brush and a lake filled with water.
Our bees were delivered in the dark of night and this morning quickly made their way up to the ranch buildings. They were swarming around the barn cats’ water dish and the hummingbird feeders. I’m hoping they are quick to spread out and find the valley’s generous flowering bushes and creeks and ponds.
Oh yeah, one more thing, can you see the fence around the hives. That’s an electrified bear fence. Yep.
We’re looking forward to producing many batches of Lockwood’s Ranch Honey!