The Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter will hold a beekeeping class Feb. 27. (Photo: Courtesy photo)
The Buncombe County Chapter will hold a class Feb. 27. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

 

And help the rapidly dwindling honey bee population at the same time?

The Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter will be at the Southern States Cooperative, one of the nation’s largest farm and agriculture supply companies, at 464 Riverside Drive, Saturday, Feb. 27, for a class on how to get started in beekeeping.

Beekeepers across the United States lost more than 40 percent of their colonies during from April 2014 to April 2015, according to results of an annual nationwide survey.

Responsible for pollinating $15 billion worth of crops each year, honeybees more than 90 different crop varieties that contribute to one-third of the American diet.

Commercial beekeepers are in demand, as pollinators struggle to maintain colonies. The Department of Agriculture is offering federal grants in many states for farmers and producers practicing beekeeping.

For more information, visit www.southernstates.com/asheville or call 828-253-9351.

 

 

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