Mike Bonzo, a Madison County beekeeper, will speak to the local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) this month.
NARFE will meet Monday, March 12 for lunch at the Golden Corral restaurant in Richmond. Please arrive before noon so you can enjoy your lunch before the business session opens.
Urban beekeeping is an attempt to revert to a less industrialized way of obtaining honey by utilizing small-scale colonies that pollinate urban gardens. Urban apiculture has undergone a renaissance in the first decade of the 21st century, and urban beekeeping is seen by many as a growing trend.
Some have found that “city bees” are actually healthier than “rural bees” because there are fewer pesticides and greater biodiversity. Urban bees may fail to find forage, however, and homeowners can use their landscapes to help feed local bee populations by planting flowers that provide nectar and pollen. An environment of year-round, uninterrupted bloom creates an ideal environment for colony reproduction.