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.
About the Presenter
Bill Mares has been a reporter-photographer, state legislator and high school teacher. Raised in Texas and educated at Harvard, he has authored or co-authored 17 books on subjects ranging from the Marine Corps to desert travel, from war memorials to Vermont humor.
With Ross Conrad and others, he has just published a history of beekeeping in Vermont, The Land of Milk and Honey. He lives in Burlington with his wife of 48 years, Chris Hadsel. They have two sons.