Beekeeping Peer Group

Keeping bees is a very old practice dating back at least 4,500 years. The products that bees produce, not just honey, are valuable and used in everyday items. Bee’s wax being one of the most versatile products, is used in furniture polish, candles and lip balm and other uses. Honey is bar far the most well-known and sought-after items though, aside from being a super food it may be the only food that does not go bad, granted that you store it correctly that is. With a single hive capable of producing anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds of honey a year.

 

Bees are hard workers that is for sure, a bee will visit 50-100 flowers per trip and during its 6–8-week life span it will travel approximately 1 ½ times the circumference of the earth. They also beat their wings around 200 times a second creating that unique buzzing sound. The queen is not lazy either, she is capable of laying up to 2,500 eggs a day. All of this work results in each honey bee producing about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey.

The CampV beekeeping peer group officially meets the first and third Saturday of each month at CampV. Each hive needs weekly attention though, allowing for unofficial meetings to conduct hive maintenance. This allows us to accommodate more schedules and include more people. It is open to Veterans and their families with children encouraged to attend with their parents, this can be and is a family friendly peer group and hobby. Limited gear is needed to participate, a bee suit with a veil or jacket with a veil, and gloves are all that you really need. If cost is an issue, please talk to one of CampVs Veteran advocates to find out how CampV can help.

If you would like to join the peer group or would like more information please call us at 903-566-1010 or email Casey at [email protected], or feel free to stop by and talk to a Veteran Advocate. With our own apiary (bee yard) on site you don’t have to go far to get in on the action. We look forward to hearing from you and having you in the group.