More Than Honey
Scientists have found a name for the phenomenon that matches its scale, “colony collapse disorder,” and they have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, there is no pollinization, and fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth. Apis mellifera (the honey bee), which appeared on Earth 60 million years before man and is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival.
"If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live." -Albert Einstein
Dan Conlon has been learning the art of beekeeping for more than forty-five years and owns Warm Colors Apiary (established 2000) with his wife, Bonita, in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. They work as full-time beekeepers to produce honey, beeswax, and provide pollination services to Western Massachusetts orchards and farms. Warm Colors maintains 700 to 800 colonies, averaging 60-70 pounds of honey per year. Dan raises Queens and keeps a Queen yard that can produce 200- 300 Queens annually. Please visit their website for further information at www.warmcolorsapiary.com/
Ben Clark is a fourth-generation farmer, co-managing Clarkdale Fruit Farms with his father Tom in Deerfield, Massachusetts. The fifth generation, Emerson, was recently born to Ben and his wife Lori. The farm practices Integrated Pest Management and is committed to sustainable growing practices. The Clarks grow over 100 varieties of apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes and cherries. More info on the farm can be found at www.clarkdalefruitfarms.com. Ben also serves as Vice Chair of the CISA board.