Sierra Club to Host Urban Beekeepers HoneyLove on July 10

Urban_Beekeeping_ONe_3_tx728_fsharpenHow important are bees? The Sierra Club wants you to get educated, because it’s more than just honey. Thursday, July 10 from 7 to 9 (in the Garden Room, of course) at the Vets Memorial Auditorium.

Chelsea McFarland will give a brief overview of honey bees in the city, an introduction to and how to get involved. Husband and wife team Rob and Chelsea McFarland started HoneyLove as a nonprofit conservation organization with a mission to protect the honeybees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers. HoneyLove believes that the city is the last refuge of the honeybee. Our home gardens are free of pesticides, and in cities like Los Angeles, there is year-round availability of pollen and nectar.

Did you know:

• Bees pollinate 80% of the world’s plants including 90 different food crops.

• 1 out of every 3 or 4 bites of food you eat is thanks to bees.

• The honey bee is responsible for $15 billion in U.S. agricultural crops each year.

• Honey is the only food that does not spoil (bacteria can’t grow in it, and because of it’s low moisture content and low pH – honey can last indefinitely).

• Bees fly a few tenths of a mile up to 6 miles to gather nectar.

• Bees leave the hive 15 times per day and visit around 100 flowers each time – that’s 1,500 flowers a day!

• 1 lb of honey = visiting two million flowers and flying 55,000 miles.

This free educational event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Group of the Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter. Plenty of free lighted parking. Refreshments are served and there is always a lively talk accompanying the program. Feel free to bring a friend; all meetings are open to members and non-members of the Sierra Club.

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