Greenville Life Spring 2020 - Page 14

Some of what Pullen is referring to, as far as a shortage of bees is concerned, has to do with “colony collapse disorder,” which is when a whole colony’s worth of worker bees abandon their queen and the immature bees, causing it to fail. The phenomenon has been attributed by scientists to causes ranging from the use of some pesticides to climate change, but experienced beekeepers can help by managing hives to better prevent colony collapse disorder. “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.” — Stephanie Pullen The Queen Bee is marked by a blue dot, which was applied by an expert and used for teaching only during the Bee Course at Sabine Creek Honey Farm. In addition to selling honey and beeswax products, and guidance on the art of beekeeping, Zane & James Apiary also sells nucs (or nuclear colonies) with which to move a queen and some of the population from her previous hive into a new hive, and provides pollination services to help improve clients’ crop yields. Another bee farm in the Hunt County area is Sabine Creek Honey Farm 14 Greenville Life SPRING 2020