Bedford’s 13th Arbor Day Talk “The Beekeeper’s Tale: A Year in The Life of a Honeybee Colony”


Submitted by the Bedford Arbor Resources Committee

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If you love to eat and drink, you should love and protect honey bees.
Honey bees are responsible for one-third of the food we eat.

Please join Bedford’s Arbor Resource Committee (BARC) and the Department of Public Works to celebrate Arbor Day with our 13th Arbor Day Talk — “The Beekeeper’s Tale: A Year in The Life of a Honeybee Colony” presented by Birgit de Weerd. Click this link to download or print BARC’s 2018 Arbor Day Poster

Birgit is Bedford’s home-town beekeeper, living and tending her bees in the heart of Bedford. Thirty years ago, she was a chemist when she became fascinated by beekeeping, studying the honeybee and learning to produce her own delicious honey and crafted beeswax products. Committed to protecting the country’s now-threatened community of bees, she advocates for them by educating adults and children to the vast importance of the honeybee through her highly-regarded slide presentations and essays.

The slide presentation explores the activities in and around a beehive, starting in January and ending in the fall with the honey harvest. Come and learn which pollen- and nectar-producing blossoms from trees and shrubs that grow in Bedford attract bees, how their different nectars produce different flavors in the honey– and about the damage homeowners cause when they use systemic fertilizers that contain neonicotinoids.

Birgit de Weerd is a member of the Middlesex County Beekeepers Association and author of a book of essays, Let Me Tell You About My Bees. The talk will take place on Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, at 7:30 pm in the Selectmen’s Room on the 1st floor of Bedford Town Hall, 12 Mudge Way. Refreshments will be served. It is free and open to the public. For more information: jaci929 or 781-275- 3536.

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