Wednesday, May 19, 2010
National Honey Bee Awareness Day--coming up : August 21, 2010
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National Honey Bee Awareness Day Proclamation
The National Honey Bee Day program started with a simple concept. Bring together beekeepers, bee associations and clubs, as well as other interested groups and individuals to connect with communities and advance beekeeping. By working together, and harnessing the efforts that so many individuals and groups already accomplish, and using a united effort on one day a year, the returns and message can be magnified.
The primary goals of the National Honey Bee Day program:
1) Promotion and the advancement of beekeeping.
2) Educate the public to honey bees and beekeeping.
3) Make the public aware of environmental concerns. Honey Bee Hive Inspection
The first National Honey Bee Day program was held on August 22, 2009. 16 states and 42 bee association and individual programs were presented to the public. Events consisted of programs such as educational seminars at environmental centers, open houses at apiaries, hosted honey tasting events, as well as displays at county and state fairs.
National Honey Bee Awareness Day (August 22, 2009) was formally recognized and a proclamation (click here to view) announced on the 11th. Day of August, 2009, the two-hundred thirty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America. Signed by Thomas J. Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America.
The first event and all the costs were paid out of the pockets of concerned individuals and association budgets. People contributed on so many levels to make this happen. This is what we were striving for when we decided to do a grassroots program. We asked beekeepers to step forward and help in the promotion of the very industry and hobby that they have come to enjoy. And did they ever! Many companies are doing wonderful things to help with solving some of the problems within the bee industry. Many bee groups are raising money for research, and funding other efforts. The National Honey Bee Day program is focused on expanding the beekeeping community, and working to educate the public to industry problems.
We are hard at work planning the next National Honey Bee Day event, which is scheduled for August 21, 2010. This year’s theme, selected by vote from beekeepers across the country is “Local Honey - Good for Bees, You, and the Environment!” We are asking for participating groups to incorporate the overall message into the program this year. The theme can be used in many ways to educate the public about the benefits of local beekeeping, local agriculture, and the overall bee industry in each particular community.
Please read the information on the "Sponsors" page of this website. The National Honey Bee Day is 100% free for bee associations, bee groups, and concerned individuals to participate. (No membership fees, no yearly dues, and no obligations.) But that does not mean we do not need some help.
Whether you are a beekeeper, non-beekeeper, farmer, backyard gardener, a nature lover, a concerned steward of the environment, or anyone else, please consider getting involved on some level. Together, we can make a difference. Thank you.
The National Honey Bee Day program operates and is administered under the registered non-profit listing and status of Pennsylvania Apiculture Inc., adhering to all laws and guidelines of a 501 ( c) and filed in the state of Pennsylvania.
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