Greenville Life Spring 2020 - Page 13

Area honey farms educate others on the art of beekeeping With people spending more time at home and looking into ways to become more self-sufficient because of COVID-19 and the precautions being taken against it, many are considering producing more of their own food. While most people may be thinking of planting a garden or buying a few livestock to raise, some are curious about another ancient agricultural practice – beekeeping. In addition to producing honey and beeswax – which can be used to make lip balm, candles and other products – bees are also valuable for the role of pollinators and are essential for the pollination of several different crops. “We spend a lot of time educating people who are interested in getting into beekeeping or visiting schools and talking about it,” Stephanie Pullen of Zane & James Apiary, in Campbell, said. “My husband, Jake, has been working with bees since he was 8 years old when he was helping his dad. I grew up in the city, so I didn’t get into it until later. But, I eventually became interested in them, and with there not being enough of bees in America, I learned to appreciate the importance of it, early on.” SPRING 2020 Greenville Life 13