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The Exchange

How to Get Started Beekeeping in N.H.

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Martin Marklin

The beekeeping season is short and busy in New Hampshire. Bees are vital for pollinating most of the food crops humans eat.  We discuss how to get started in beekeeping and challenges such as winter hive loss and drought. And we find out how to encourage more bees to your own backyard. Email your questions to exchange@nhpr.org or call during the show: 800-892-6477.

Airdate: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

GUESTS:

  • Martin Marklin - he took up beekeeping as a sideline to his main business producing liturgical candles at the Marklin Candle workshop in Contoocook. He now manages hundreds of hives for pollination and Windhover Farm honey.
  • Janice Mercieri - Owner of White Mountain Apiary and Cornell University Master Beekeeper Candidate, as well as the 2021 N.H. Beekeeper of the Year.
  • Olivia Saunders - Field Specialist in Fruit & Vegetable Production, in the UNH Cooperative Extension Food & Agriculture Program. 

Check out the NH Beekeepers Association webpage.

UNH Cooperative Extension has a list of Ten Things You Can Do To Save The Bees and a list of pollinator plants for Northern New England gardens and information on pollinator habitats.

Something Wild recently took a moment to appreciate the importance of pollen.

Last year on The Exchange, Sam Evans-Brown led a discussion on re-wilding your lawn, including the study by the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Department of Agriculture showing how lawn mowing frequency affects bee abundance and diversity in suburban yards: Want to Help Bees? Take a Break from Lawn Mowing.

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