Bees get helping hand from beekeepers

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The recent phenomena of hive collapse disease and the education about pollinators that followed is paying off in sweet dividends. “Colony collapse disease led to more people wanting to ensure pollinators were available. And that led to more hobby beekeepers,” said Brenda Eden, area 4-H leader and Honey Hill Farm beekeeper. Eden has a small, but determined group of young hobbyists who raise bees, produce honey and are learning the business in the Powell area. Eden finds being an educator rewarding despite the fact she’s training future competition. Last year Eden and her granddaughter, Cricket Hildebrandt, produced about 1,500 pounds of honey, selling their product at local craft fairs. According to the USDA, hive collapse disease has decreased 40...

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