The Buzz on the Busy Bees at Capitol Bee CARE
By Kathryn McConnell | Staff Writer | 10 July 2012
At the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Sean McKenzie talks about his passion for bees. He is next to one of his hives. Washington — America’s diversity in agriculture and culture was on display at the recent 10-day Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington.
One popular exhibit highlighted the contributions that bees make to agriculture. Wearing a cap adorned with a large stuffed bumblebee, Sean McKenzie described his passion for raising bees and efforts to teach others about the value of the flying insects.
“There is a stigma about bees,” he said. “People usually think of them in terms of honey and stings. But bees are a main pollinator of all the crops we eat.” McKenzie, a keeper of 12 hives, volunteer bee educator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and student at the University of the District of Columbia, pointed to the queen bee in a hive that he hopes will produce five gallons of honey in 2012.
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