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Beekeeping is still in style

A Brownwood beekeeper is hosting classes to get people back into the bee business.

BROWNWOOD, Texas — Not many know, but honeybees are a key part in almost everything we eat, drink and use daily. Now the self-proclaimed "hobby beekeeper", Daniel Graham, is holding beekeeping classes to revive the idea of beekeeping and save the bees.

Right now, bee season is coming to an end, but Graham said this is the best time to teach people the ins and outs of beekeeping. 

“When I first got to Brownwood, there wasn’t a big demand or interest in beekeeping. Now in recent years, the general public has become more concerned with the environmental issues like mass extinction of animals around the planet. More people are now interest in helping save the environment where they can,” Graham said. 

November is the best time for potential beekeepers to evaluate colonies, learn more about beekeeping, buy the appropriate equipment and take hands-on classes. 

From eating apples, squash, cherries or any other fresh produce - pollination is what makes bees so important in humans' day-to-day life.

“The most important aspect of bees is pollination. Pollination is a part of all the reproduction of plants. What that means is almost 100% of what's in the produce department is there thanks to honey bees," Graham said. 

Graham relocated from Oregon to Texas a few years ago and he immensely enjoyed harvesting his three bee colonies because he simply loves honey. Turns out, some people gained the same love for beekeeping thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although some industries were hit hard by the pandemic, the bee industry had a revival because of people taking the time to do research and eventually taking an interest in saving the bees.

"Most people are realizing that climate change is having an impact on the biosphere and the environment at large and that interest is continuing. It's very accelerated within the younger people and this is good because we need the younger generation to be more interested in agriculture to keep the environment alive," Graham said. 

To pre-register for the classes, call 325-641-9029, or email beemonster@verizon.net. The fee is $25 per person, and children 12 or under may attend for free. The class runs approximately 1 ½ hours.

Classes will be offered at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Graham asks for interested people to reach out to him for more information.