It finally happened. With the help of The Kennett Friends Meeting and The Chester County Beekeepers Association... we've got some hives! The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County has set up 3 beautiful new beehives at the Vincenti Preserve, on the corner of Hillendale and Rosedale roads in Kennett Square. These hives will be available for the public to admire and be inspired by. I'll post updates of what's new at the site and on this blog, and in the future we hope to host events at the preserve.
In planning this new apriary, my goal is to manage it using no chemical treatments ("organic" is a tricky word, but I'll save that for another post), and to design the hives to be easy for anyone to handle. I'll also let you know about what steps I take throughout the year to manage the hive, and all the mistakes I'm sure to make. We need more advocates for honey bees, they're up against an awful lot. So, we hope you learn a little more about Apis mellifera, or maybe even become a beekeeper yourself. Come on down to the preserve and check them out (from a safe distance of course- bees can
sting, you know).