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THE SWEETNESS OF SUCCESS

IS BEEKEEPING RIGHT FOR YOU?
This jar of “liquid gold”is the end result of a great am ount of learning and w ork.
(Photo: Dennis D aggett)

I n a world gone haywire, those of us who will survive will end up going back to some of the old, time-tested ways of doing things. We will need to hunt, fish and forage for our food. We will also need to grow crops and raise livestock. At the root of all these endeavors are the animals we call “pollinators,”because without them, there would be no food—period.

In the event that something tragic happens, people will still need to eat, which means crops will still need to get pollinated. People will still crave sweets of some sort. Cane sugar might be available, but at what price? More and more people will turn to maple sugar, or, as it applies to this article, honey, to meet their needs. Good, successful beekeepers will be in high demand, so this might be one of those skills you’ll want to master. But keep in mind that it takes a great deal of work and time to get it right.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are around 4,000 species of bees native to the United States.

Without bees (not to be confused with wasps and hornets), much of the food we rely on would not exist, at least not in the form we know it today. Without bees and other pollinators, plants wouldn’t reproduce and bear fruit.

For this article, I’ll concentrate on the honey bee, which is not native to the Americas, contrary to what many believe. Much of the information contained in this article comes from research done by the USDA, the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire beekeepers Dennis Daggett (retired) and Barbara Lawler

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