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Beekeeping Essay grows a love of honey bees

​Whether it is a love for the glorious taste of honey or a scientific fascination with the biology of honey bees, something about this social insect has attracted study for generations. The North Carolina 4-H Beekeeping Essay provides a platform for young people to share their stories about beekeeping. Each year a new essay topic is set by the national Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees and states invite their 4-H youth to weave a narrative around the theme. North Carolina partners with the NC State Beekeeping Association to review the entries and awards the winner $50. The winning entry is forwarded on to the national essay contest.

The 2015 topic is “Planting for Bees from Backyards and Up”

Beekeeping has become difficult due to a lack of native plants for forage. In this essay, you will be required to discuss ways that habitats can be modified to become “bee friendly”. Does your community allow roadsides and open land to grow wildflowers and encourage native planting of bee friendly plants?

Survey your community to see what is being done to help honey bees. Include your state in your survey to see if there is a wildflower planting program available or any other program that could aid the honey bee.

4-H’ers are encouraged to draw from their own beekeeping experiences, and interview local beekeepers to deepen their knowledge about honey bee management strategies and philosophies. The essay can offer a way to strategically connect to their community and bring an awareness to the need for honey bee conservation. Honey bees provide about 80% of the pollination services needed for agricultural crops. They are frequent guests to gardens and through their active gathering of nectar and pollen can increase the production of a number of fruits and vegetables. From juicy strawberries to crunchy cucumbers, honey bees are friends to farmers and gardeners.

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Visit the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees to see the national essay rules