August 20, 2022 – National Honey Bee Day

Today is National Honey Bee Day, a day to honor the insect responsible for more than 1/3 of the food the population eats according to Honey Love Urban Bee Keepers. Today is also a way to pay homage to beekeepers, whose labors ensure there are bees to pollinate crops which is crucial to agricultural production across the globe. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, approximately 35 percent of crop production worldwide is directly affected by these bumbling and buzzing friends.

RPBBA Is In The News

We are thankful for Bill Fitzgerald and the team at WTVR CBS 6 News for welcoming our very own Bruce Hamon to talk about the
๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅณ ๐‡๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ž ๐…๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ
๐š‚๐šŠ๐š๐šž๐š›๐š๐šŠ๐šข, ๐™น๐šž๐š—๐šŽ ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿป๐š๐š‘ ๐Ÿท๐Ÿถ๐šŠ๐š– โ€“ ๐Ÿธ๐š™๐š–
@ ๐š๐š˜๐šŒ๐š”๐š ๐š˜๐š˜๐š ๐™ฟ๐šŠ๐š›๐š” ๐™ฝ๐šŠ๐š๐šž๐š›๐šŽ ๐™ฒ๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐šŽ๐š›
๐Ÿน๐Ÿบ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿท ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐šž๐š›๐š๐š‘๐š˜๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š๐š, ๐š๐š’๐šŒ๐š‘๐š–๐š˜๐š—๐š, ๐š…๐™ฐ ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿน๐Ÿธ๐Ÿน๐Ÿผ

If you missed the segment airing, you can find it here:

RPBBA Is In The News

So kind of NBC12 to invite Stan Houk and Carla Park on to talk about the 400th anniversary of honey bees coming to America ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โค๏ธ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’™ and the 11th Annual Honey Bee Festival coming ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐’๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐๐š๐ฒ 10am-2pm @Rockwood Nature Center. Add it to your calendar and weโ€™ll see you there!

If you missed the LIVE interview, you can locate it here:

2022 Honey Bee Festival

Saturday, June 25th 10am โ€“ 2pm
@ Rockwood Park Nature Center
3401 Courthouse Rd, Richmond, VA 23236
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Thereโ€™s more to celebrate.

Did you know: our Apis mellifera friends, the European honey bee, was first brought to the Americas right here in Virginia in 1622? After being brought to our East coast, it took 231 years before the honey bee reached our West coast. Thatโ€™s right, the creation of the United States can be found in the footsteps of the honey bee. From Sea to Shining Sea!

This year marks the 400th year since honey bees were brought to America. We intend to celebrate by weaving this very special landmark into our festival this year.

Interested in being a vendor?

Vendor information, including a link to our sign-up form, can be found here.

Volunteer Sign-Up

The Honey Bee festival requires a lot of hands leading up to the festival for planning, the Friday night before for setup, during, & after the festival for takedown. Day of, we need about 50 volunteers to lend a helpful hand. Volunteers do not have to be beekeepers or a member of our club. Volunteers can be kids, family, friends, etc. The only requirement is a willingness to help. We can certainly find a way to use our volunteers and are thankful for all the help we can get. Volunteers are provided a free Honey Bee Festival t-shirt.

Anyone willing to volunteer, please let us know by completing the Volunteer Sign-Up form.

Thank you in advance!

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