Raise your own bees through a University of Minnesota program

  • Article by: Steve Hoffman , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 1, 2013 - 7:14 AM

Through a University of Minnesota program, novice beekeepers receive training and education – and, not so incidentally, improve conditions for the health of bees nationwide.

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redqidAug. 1, 13 7:55 AM

I have not see any bumble bees for a while, I do have some kind of bees that seem to like the milkweed and spiderwort and some other wildflowers I have. I wonder how much of a "desert" the twin cities is to bees with all sorts of non-native flowers being planted.

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Marykate1Aug. 1, 13 9:51 AM

This is great! I'm going to check it out.

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dandean316Aug. 1, 1310:08 AM

The bees started to decline about the same time Monsanto started taking over farming with their practices and applying Roundup to EVERYTHING! Please, do not spray your lawn. That is no help to the bees either.

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dahutysAug. 1, 1310:14 AM

Keep in mind that a lot of people like to do native plantings and butterfly gardens, so there is probably more food available for bees in the city than people realize. I planted milkweed to attract monarchs, and when it blooms, it is absolutely covered in bees of all sorts. And I do have crowds of little bees and hummingbirds around non-native flowers like nasturtiums.

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