National Honey Bee Day
August 16, 2014
The 2014 National Honey Bee Day Theme:
Begins with Honey Bees"
Thank you to Charles Brenig for submitting the theme,
and his continued work in expanding beekeeping in suburbia.
The 2014 theme was selected for its broad message to the public. In years past, much of the bee industry has focused on beekeeping in regards to agriculture and farming. While the bee industry is vital to large agriculture that feeds much of the world, reality is that 98% of all who keep bees are backyard beekeepers. Most of them are in towns, cities, suburban areas, and not on traditional farms.
Concerned citizens are increasingly getting involved as the plight of the honey bees becomes better understood. Many municipalities and townships are removing anti-beekeeping laws and restrictive codes. Many now know that honey bees are the pollinators of backyard gardens, and are vital for the overall health of the environment. Beekeeping is not just about large farms and mono-agriculture.
We encourage groups participating in National Honey Bee Day activities to use the 2014 message in their activities. It has wide appeal for gardening groups, homeowners, schools, and nature lovers invbolved with birds, butterflies, etc.
With the "Sustainable Gardening Begins with Honey Bees, we
suggest the following for participants to consider:
Open House Programs - Inviting the public to visit a bee yard, with
the ability to hold a frame of bees is probably the most powerful
experience you can offer in getting folks interested in beekeeping.
Any association or beekeeper can locally advertise and host potential
new beekeepers for a visit.
Beginner Programs - A short presentation perhaps at a environmental
center allows new potential beekeepers to get the basic information
(and interest) needed to get started.
The 2014 theme allows bee associations to sign up new members, beekeepers to get others involved, sell honey, and educate the public
on beekeeping, and even inform local politicians as to why beekeeping
is so important. While we do not mandate National Honey Bee Day participants to use the yearly selected themes, we do ask that you
consider incorporating the overall message into your program.
The National Honey Bee Day program is not about beekeepers, it is
about educating the public, expanding the bee industry, and building
bridges for the future. And we hope the 2014 NHBD theme allows you
to accomplish that goal. Thank you.