The 2015 National Honey Bee Day theme, "Ban Ignorance, not
Honey Bees" is closely connected with the core value of NHBD and
one of the reasons for the existence NHBD programs. To educate the
public about beekeeping, while helping the overall public understand
the importance and contributions that honey bees provide.
Ignorance is defined as: A lack of knowledge or lack of information. In regards to beekeeping and honey bees, it is our job to educate others.
There are many areas across the nation, with prohibitive or outright
bans on beekeeping. Public outreach and education are crucial in expanding and even maintaining the ability to keep bees. And our
hope is to use NHBD as a way to help in these efforts.
Almost all beekeeping groups can help make a difference. You do not need to look too far to see zoning laws, township ordinances, and
other regulatory red tape, restrictive and even the outright banning of beekeeping in some areas. Education is key.
Honey bees are as important today as they ever were. A decline in
native pollinators, due to a host of reasons, impacts local agriculture
and many backyard gardens. Beekeepers are not just vital for large
scale food production. Backyard beekeepers are vital for neighborhood
pollination. And your local ecosystem of food production for wild
animals and birds is dependent on this same pollination. Beekeepers
fill the void with their honey bees. It is that simple.
The National Honey Bee Day program will send a care packet of
bumpers stickers and other material as available, to bee groups
trying to make beekeeping accessible in local communities.
And for those blessed enough to have never gone through fighting to keep, or have beekeeping reinstated in your local area, please do not take it for granted. Help the next bee group...the next beekeeper....
the next generation. It might be the next town over dealing with restrictive zoning. But your town might be next. In the spirit of
National Honey Bee Day programs everywhere, please help other
bee groups when the call goes out.
Thank you to our beekeeping friends out there. And thank you for
helping make beekeeping one of the most rewarding and giving acts
you can do for others.
We realize that this years theme night help some groups more than others. But the importance of our collective efforts to helping those dealing with these issues can not be greater. And we hope that each
NHBD participating bee group incorporates this message into their
We hope you have a wonderful beekeeping season. And wish you the
best National Honey Bee Day program for 2015. The national exposure
of having so many bee programs all held in unity on one day, helps the "bee community" everywhere.