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Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

Image of beekeeper with hive“The bees are the color; everything else is black and white.” – Kirk Webster, Bridport beekeeper.

Beekeeping goes back 10,000 years, but bees have been much in the news recently as a multi-pronged scourge has devastated many of the nation’s 2.5 million colonies. Meanwhile, hobby beekeeping has grown exponentially in the country.

Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as “farming for intellectuals,” with a particular emphasis on his new book, with Ross Conrad, and others, “The Land of Milk and Honey, a History of Beekeeping in Vermont.” (Green Writers Press). 

Additional Costs: mileage reimbursement.

About the presenter

Image of Bill Mares Bill Mares - Bill Mares has been a reporter-photographer, state legislator and high school teacher. He is author or co-author of 17 books on a range of topics. See full biography.

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