Beekeepers in the United States experienced an estimated 40 percent loss in their colonies between April 2017 and April 2018, and last year, North Carolina’s honeybee population experienced a 50 percent loss, no doubt impacting the state’s $84 billion agriculture industry.
Looking back on 2017, Xpress highlights some of the hundreds of stories we covered in our print editions and online over the year.
Project Genesis is a pioneering longitudinal study that is mobilizing more than 150 volunteers to study and collect data on the health of 20 research bee hives in West Asheville. Project founder Carl Chesick hopes to gain insight into the factors that are endangering the survival of honeybee colonies.
A fundraiser for West Asheville’s Center for Honeybee Research showcases 27 honeys of the world; Asheville Brewers Supply hosts a seminar on insurance for beer entrepreneurs; Oskar Blues Brewery and The Cheese Store of Asheville plan a tasting; the Town of Fletcher hosts its 15th annual Chili Cook-Off; and Valet Gourmet partners with another food delivery service.
Asheville Bee Charmer’s Pollination Celebration event, the Around the World Honey Tasting on Monday, June 15, is focused on honeycentric fun, education and raising money for Bee City USA.
From the Get It! Guide: Ever doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world? Well, according to Bee City USA founder Phyllis Stiles, the evidence of our power to change our environment for the better is literally (buzzing) all around us.
Over the weekend, a dedicated crowd of aspiring beekeepers (or “beeks” as they are affectionately called) gathered at the Folk Art Center for the 2015 Basic Beekeepers School, or “bee school.”
The Fairy and Earth Festival (F.A.E.) was held on Saturday, May 17 at Highland Lake Cove Retreat in Flat Rock. The event served as a fundraiser for The Center for Honey Bee Research in Asheville.
Six local chefs put their palates together at The Market Place restaurant on Wednesday to decide the World’s Best-Tasting Honey at the final round of the third annual Black Jar Honey Contest presented by the Center for Honeybee Research.