On Friday, August 10, I joined a local group visiting an apiary in the nearby town of Saint-Ouen. The visit was organized by the Saint-Ouen tourist office and the Rucher Audonien Pédagogique, an association of bee lovers whose mission is to educate the general public about the world of bees. The apiary is located on an isolated plot of land next to a cemetery—an ideal place to raise bees.
Annie-Claude Bonnet gave our group a presentation about bees and beekeeping. She knows a lot about bees and was happy to share her knowledge with us. She told us that the apiary has twelve bee hives that produced 450 kg of honey last year. She told us another thing about the harvesting of bee products that I had never considered before: the association does not harvest royal jelly or pollen, because that would be detrimental to the bee colony.
I also learned that the association is cognizant of the importance of this insect in the environment. Their maxim is “The bee protects the earth.”
Tomorrow…we take a look inside a bee hive.
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