Honeybees are, of course, not the only pollinators of importance in the food chain. There are dozens of native bees, wasps, butterflies, moths and flies, not to mention a number of bird species, that play their part. But none of these have the allure and mystery of honeybees; none of these lend themselves to intentional management like honeybees; and none of them produce the wonderful array of natural products that the honeybee does. There is honey most prominently but also beeswax, propolis, royal jelly and more.
Berea College is recognized as an affiliate of Bee Campus USA , an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon. This affiliation makes the DeJoria Beekeeping Project even more significant as a part of the work of Grow Appalachia at Berea College.
Grow Appalachia is proud to be engaged in this important work and looks forward to the future of beekeeping and pollinator development in the region.