Vanishing of the Bees

I tend to sign up for random websites that have ongoing newsletters or information streams that at the moment interest me.  Last fall I stumbled across information on hugelkulture, which is a great way to use coarse woody debris as a means of maintaining moisture in the ground and growing food.  This led me to a website that features permaculture, homesteading, etc.  I signed up for their updates.

This weekend a post came over about the movie “The Vanishing of the Bees.”  We’ve all heard about colony collapse disorder and that the honey bees are disappearing (despite some beliefs, they are not returning to their home planet Melissa Majoria and has nothing to do with the Tandocca Scale).

Well, I watched this movie (you can follow this link and scroll down to see it yourself – it’s long, but worth it), and even though I thought I was informed (for the most part) about CCD, this opened my eyes to the tragedy that is large-scale, industrial beekeeping (did you know that queen bees are now artificially inseminated, just like cattle?).

Here at Dahlem we have our apiary, which is open to the public – anyone who wants can keep a hive or two here.  We like to promote small scale beekeeping, using organic methods and the topbar hive.  It’s not beekeeping for profit, but for the benefits of pollination.

Check out the movie – I highly recommend it.  And if you want to try your hand at beekeeping, we can help you out.

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About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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