Tuesday June 25, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
As a Cub Scout, Tom Porter read about honey bees and spent a summer walking to and working with a beekeeper that lived 3 miles down the road. Now, at 71, Tom has been raising bees at his home in Belchertown for the past 5 years. “It’s a hobby and a challenge and it is fun and stressful.” is his take away. “I am always on bear-watch. One bear broke into a hive and consumed all the honey. Others, I have foolishly tried chasing away.” The number one question asked is, Do bee stings hurt? The answer is “Yes and they seem to hurt more, the more I get.”
Tom expects to have bees for as long as he is around: after all, we need more bees.
The importance of honey bees cannot be overstated. They are the pollinators of our food and flowers. They also provide us with, according to our speaker, nature’s perfect food, honey.
The program will discuss the life of a bee, some challenges facing the bee population, how you might help and finally show you a live exhibition hive filled with bees. You will be provided with a look at the fascinating society of the honey bee hive.
Part of the Wistariahurst Historical Lecture Series
People, Places, Food, & Sport
Suggested Donation of $5