Though urbanization is a major contributing factor to the globe’s recent decrease of thriving honeybee populations, urban communities have the potential to be leading forces in the repopulation of the planet’s pollinators.
"One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest," explains Yale e360 reporter Elizabeth Grossman. The globe’s food supply as well the beauty of backyard gardens and the productivity of fruit and vegetable patches rely on healthy honeybee habitats to ensure pollen transportation and seed fertilization.
Last month, the Lafayette City-Parish Council voted unanimously to legalize beekeeping within city limits. Now, for the first time in 50 years, Lafayette residents are allowed to keep backyard bees and reap the ecological benefits they bring to the city. But how does a new beekeeper get started?
On Saturday, August 30th the Acadiana Beekeepers Association and Santa Rita Honey Bee Farm will team up to offer an urban beekeeping workshop at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm. The free workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and will include information on how to get new hives humming with healthy bees. An enclosed observation hive will be on display for all ages to view a living bee colony. All are welcome to the workshop, whether you are an experienced beekeeper or just want to know what the buzz is all about.