Thank you Nevada!

A big thank you to everyone who supported us during the NVEnergy Power of Good Giveaway. Although we made it to the finals, we didn’t place in the top 3 after the final count. Nevertheless – Thank you! Thank you to everyone who voted for us; everyone who coerced, begged, pleaded and asked their friends and family to participate in the giveaway. Excellent programs that help our active and veteran military community did win – and that’s what it’s all about, serving those that selflessly served our nation. We received tremendous exposure in the community and have received emails from all over the U.S. about our program. We couldn’t bee happier! Thank you again, and stay tuned – bee season is almost here!

Gratitude

 

 

Thanksgiving was unseasonably warm here in Northern Nevada and our honeybees were out in force enjoying the weather.  Despite most of the rabbitbrush dead and gone, we could still see pollen dutifully carried into the hive and found lots of fresh nectar in the comb.  Our industrious bees provided almost 60lbs of honey this past season – that’s approximately 120 million flowers visited and equivalent to circumnavigating the earth over 120 times – I’m exhausted just imagining that!

We are so grateful for the support we have received here at Bees4Vets, and wish to thank everyone who has reached out and asked “How can I help?”, or “Have you talked to <insert entity here>?” Your enthusiasm and ideas to assist our veterans and honeybees thrive encourage us to keep going – and we will!  So please keep the ideas coming, and also the requests for us to come and meet with you about our veteran program.

Bees4Vets recently attended the California State Beekeeper’s Association’s Annual Meeting at Lake Tahoe.  The presentations were very informative and we met lots of new contacts in the beekeeping industry.  We’d also like to give a shout out to GloryBee, a beekeeping supply company – we won their raffle!  Thank you!

Bees4Vets will be attending the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow – we hope to see you there!

June’s Recap

June provided three speaking opportunities and a festival!

We were delighted to speak at a medieval event for the Society for Creative Anachronism in Reno, “Silver Desert Arts and Science” on June 10th.  The presentation included information on St. Gobnait the patron saint of beekeeping; monastic medicinal gardens, and pollinator friendly herbs and flowers for today’s gardener.

On June 12th, the Retired Public Employees of Nevada, Washoe Chapter, honored us with time at their meeting to present the Bees4Vets program to their members.  Thank you!

Pollinator Week (June 19-25, 2017) is always a great time to get out and appreciate the hard working pollinators (and their advocates) in your local area.  We were privileged to be invited to the Pollinator Festival at Urban Roots to present a talk called “Our History with Apis mellifera”.

Out in the apiary, our girls were bringing in the honey flow.  We were able to pull off a surplus frame to taste the bounty of the high desert – the floral notes were so distinct!