Honey Extraction at Landmark Park

By: Kassi Shelley Email
By: Kassi Shelley Email
Things were buzzing at Landmark Park

Timothy Fulton, a self-described "backyard beekeeper" is seen with his bees Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in Kenosha, Wis. Beekeepers reported losses this spring, some of which are normal, said Jane Larson, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture. The Heartland Apiculture Society's annual conference kicks off in July 2008 amid a honeybee crisis: The national number of honey-producing colonies has mysteriously dropped. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

DOTHAN-- Anna has been interested in bees as far back as she can remember.

"When I was little I lived in Kentucky out kind of in the country and I was always playing outside and got stung several times by bees and it just got to the point where I wasn't afraid of them anymore and just started taking an interest in these little bugs."

And Saturday, she got the chance to experience the sweet work of these little bugs first hand.

"It was really cool. We got to see where the bees actually produce the honey and lay their eggs and kind of make a home and they showed us how to uncap the honey and how to extract it. So, still a lot to learn but it's very cool."

And bee experts from the Wiregrass Beekeepers Association were just excited that people like Anna came out to take part in the event.

"We're out here today with our exraction and we're having a great time and we have a good turnout. Everybody's looking forward to a good time and a good amout of honey being found."

But Thornton says that this workshop is about more than just having fun...

"We're actually educating the people on the processing of honey, the raw honey product that actually comes straight from the hive. We bring it off, uncap it, extract it. We're gonna show bottling part of it, everything right up to being able to take it right to your kitchen table."

And now more of the Wiregrass knows a little about the sweet sensation that sits on that kitchen table.

You can visit their Facebook site at :
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wiregrass-Beekeepers-Association/279222018798


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