The buzz on beekeeping as a hobby
June 12, 2012
City rooftops, suburban backyards, even fancy hotels like New York‚Äôs Waldorf-Astoria and Intercontinental are buzzing with bees.¬† Beekeeping is becoming a popular hobby across America. ¬†In recent years, bee populations across the United States have faced colony collapse as they’ve battled a virus, a fungus and pesticides. ¬†This news of entire bee colonies dying off spurred many people to get hives and has led to a beekeeping boom. ¬†In this hour, we’ll get an update how bee populations are doing. ¬†We’ll also get the buzz on beekeeping and learn about the challenges and the sweet rewards. ¬†Our guests are JIM BOBB, a commercial beekeeper and¬†chairman of the Eastern Apiculture Society and DAVID TARPY, an associate professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University and the extension apiculturist for the State of North Carolina. ¬†We’ll also hear about urban beekeeping with SUZANNE MATLOCK,¬† vice-president of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild.