Albert Einstein is reputed to have said, “If bees should disappear from the face of the earth, mankind would follow within four years.”
Haunting words considering the trouble honeybees have been having in recent years.
“Pollinators, and honeybees in particular, are critical to our food supply,” says Peter Cowin, aka “The Bee Whisperer”. “It’s in all of our best interest that more people keep honeybees and take a long hard look at what we can do to keep them well fed.”
Fortunately, there are a lot of people now doing just that. Keeping bees is a hobby more and more Mainers are getting into. “Two years ago I was asked by Orono and Hampden Adult Ed. to give evening classes in Beekeeping for Beginners. More than 70 students took the classes and most started their first bee hives that year. Last year this grew to include Adult Ed. in Bangor, Ellsworth, Hampden, Bucksport, Newport and Mount Dessert Island, with more than 270 taking my class!”