by Tom Hutt
There is little doubt that the agricultural industry, the world over, is negatively impacted by the sharp decline of pollinators. Many theories about the nature of this problem exist. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been sited as the most serious malady of the honey bee but is only one of many perilous afflictions that plague pollinators today. The scientific community, pharmaceutical research, commercial agricultural industry, federal and local governments and beekeepers the world over are working at a fever pitch to solve these problems. Problems that only getting worse with the passage of time.
I started the Beekeepers of Shawangunk (BOS) group in lower Ulster County New York to fulfill my personal interest in beekeeping and love of apiculture. I believe that through a sincere, dedication to beekeeping many of the problems that impact honey bees can be overcome. The growing number of members, who are located throughout Ulster and surrounding counties have all expressed a sincere passion for pollinators. Participation at BOS meetings has been heartening to say the least. It is the goal of BOS to substantially increase the number of beekeepers and honey bees in the Mid-Hudson Valley area through education and support of beekeepers. The benefit of a high saturation of honey bees will have an enormous positive impact on the local agricultural industry as well as the diversity of all pollinating flora.
All beekeepers, new to beekeeping as well as veteran apiculturists, are welcome at BOS and are encouraged to become members to support our mission, which is:
We are Beekeepers dedicated to the art and science of the preservation and health of Honey Bees and to the support and community of Beekeepers with dedication and commitment to the following practices:
- Pass on a love of beekeeping to tomorrows beekeepers
- Perpetuate beekeeping to ensure the presence of pollinators in nature and in American agriculture
- Education of the public in both the importance and perils of pollinators
- Work to increase the number of beekeepers in the Shawangunk area
- Provide support in the learning and refinement of beekeeping to established beekeepers as well as those that are new to it