Day of the honey bee

The province last week declared May 29 as Day of the Honey Bee, to recognize and celebrate how beekeeping in B.C. has grown

Bruce Bertram of Kaleden has had a life long interest in bees.

Warming temperatures in the South Okanagan – Similkameen over the past week  has resulted in increasing bee activity in local hives.

Bruce Bertram (right) of Kaleden has had a life long passion for bee keeping, which he once made a full time business of in Manitoba.

These days Bertram enjoys the science of bee keeping as a hobby.

The province last week declared May 29 as Day of the Honey Bee, to recognize and celebrate how  beekeeping in B.C. has grown from May 1858 when two hives arrived in  Victoria Harbour into an industry that has a $250-million-a-year  agricultural impact today.

South Okangan and Similkameen bee keepers help the argicultural industry through crop  pollination by honey bees , which supports agricultural production in Canada to the tune of $1.5 billion per year.

 

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