Clif Notes

Bzz Bzz

Originally Posted by Candice Crawford on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

There has been a lot of buzz going on around the farm and it might have something to do with the honey bees that made their home there this weekend. Two new hives were established on the farm last weekend near the fruit orchard. They are going to be happy bees. The rainy spring has brought about an abundance of clover in the fields by the orchard.

The wet weather we had this spring is good for bees everywhere. After three years of scarce natural forage sources for honeybees, beekeepers are looking forward to an abundant year with lots of spring flowers that will also help kick start the summer and fall flower seasons.

We are excited to have bees on the farm. Kit has wanted to do this for some time both to help with the pollination required for our fruit and vegetable production and to someday offer Clif Family Farm honey to the local community.

Here are some interesting facts about honey bees:

  • Honey bees are responsible for pollinating approx 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S.
  • Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour and stroke their wings 11,400 times per minute (that's where the bzz comes from)
  • A single honey bee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • Honey bees are the only insect that produce food from humans.
  • Honey bees never sleep!

(Facts from

While these new bees are wonderful for the farm, the wild bees that already live on the farm are just as important for pollination. We have also planted a bee garden with an abundance of nectar and pollen-rich plants that is available to the bees year round. There is sure to be a lot more bzz bzz on the farm this summer!

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