What All The Buzz Is About: Journal Gazette

Article from The Journal Gazette, by Terri Richardson

… Megan Ryan, lead educator and beekeeper with Southwest Honey Co. in Fort Wayne, says dandelions are the first spring flower and often get a bad rap. “We encourage people not to hate on the dandelions so much,” Ryan says.

She also suggests that people not treat their lawn with chemicals, which can be harmful to the bees. Ryan says she understands that society tells us that a green lawn is better, but she hopes that people will decide to keep the weeds.

“We share this space with the other creatures around us, and all the things we are doing for aesthetic purposes are harmful for their environment,” Ryan says.

Southwest Honey Co. focuses many of its programs on outreach, providing educational opportunities for both children and adults, Ryan says.

Now in its second year, Southwest Honey has had more than 1,500 people in its program, she says. If just half of those people make a change, “that’s a big chain of people and that’s a lot of change,” Ryan says.

Education and awareness are what the honeybee needs, she says. “It’s going to take the people in the community, not just the farmers and beekeepers.”

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