The Bee Informed Partnership is growing by leaps and bounds. The overwhelming positive response by our bee keepers has evolved into many participants joining. Since we are expanding, it only made sense to incorporate the local community.
We met with the Ben Barnwell, the director of the Academy of Success to discuss how we can help one another out. The Academy is based in Baltimore and their mission is to“…empower individuals, families, and communities to create effective changes towards improving the quality of life for vulnerable, under-served and under-resourced populations in Baltimore City.” After taking one glance at the mission, how could we not get involved?
It is a wonderful opportunity to teach others about honey bees and honey bee health that otherwise would not have had this chance. The adults that we will begin working with will learn about working in a lab, they will be able to develop computer and microscope skills, and eventually process samples for our beekeepers. It will not develop overnight but we are beginning. After intensive training developed by our diagnostic lab and many months of quality control, we hope that these skills will empower the participants and have them become part of our team. It is a magnificent occasion to witness the newly awakened to the world of bees and their importance. They will have a hand in the bigger picture of bee health. We are looking forward to making them apart of The Bee Informed Partnership.