Discussing how London, England has 25% green space in the form of parks and gardens — 2,500 registered bee hives can be found in London, with 50,000 bees in each hive, producing 70 lbs. of honey from each hive in every season — was eye opening on many levels.
I know bees are important but the post brought how essential they are to life as we know it right into focus for me. Attributing the following to A World Without Bees, urban beekeeping experts Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum discuss how,
if all the world’s bees disappeared, mankind would have only four years left to live. Without bees, there’s no pollination, and without pollination, there are no plants — and soon no animals, and then no humans. It’s a sobering thought that the western honeybee pollinates 70% of the food we eat.
I took the bait: curious to discover what’s going on in our local communities, I looked for some area beekeepers associations, and found too many to list. But, in case you’re interested to learn more, here are a few key ones in Denver’s Front Range. It sounds like a pretty amazing network out there!
Colorado State Beekeepers Association
Oldest beekeeping association in Colorado, organized in Denver in 1880.
— Debbie Hindman