Care for nature, bees in Shelby County

Published 11:25 am Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dear Editor,

More than one million pounds of Alabama honey are sold per year. There are more than 2,500 beekeepers in Alabama.

I am a hobbyist like many in state. We enjoy the sweet rewards. Bees give us not only honey but they pollinate our crops and flower gardens. Our wildlife is also dependent on the honeybee.

Pollination is now the main function of the honeybee. Without the bee our lives would be changed. About one-third of the food we eat is dependent on pollinating honeybees.

Let’s help them out by gardening with the bee in mind. I personally have been studying and am involved in the Shelby County Beekeepers Association. If you join, you will be amazed and will learn fascinating things about life’s dependence on the honeybee.

I urge you, as stewards of our earth, to do something to save the honeybee. It is a threatened species. Join us at the Shelby County Beekeepers Association. Learn about and experience beekeeping. Through our membership association, we can learn about and experience the rewards of beekeeping.

We meet the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Chelsea Senior Center on Shelby County 36. For more information, call Margie Robertson at 672-9604.

Margie Robertson