Beekeeper starts Host-A-Hive Program

You can get involved in the buzz

FLORETTE, Ala. - A Valley beekeeper is starting a new program that's getting a lot of buzz. It's called Host-A-Hive and you can get involved.

The way it works is you bring the hive, Ethan Sharp brings the bees and he takes care of them, too. They stay on your property and you get the honey. The main idea is to foster interest in a type of farming Sharp believes isn't just fun, but is necessary.

"I think about the honey bee and how it gives life, you know it pollinates for us and it does so much for our environment," Sharp said. "So what better creature then to help take care of."

One hundred thousand honey bees live in Sharp's front yard. It's a pretty sweet deal for him...he gets the honey and 100,000 pets.

"At times it can be kind of hectic," he said. "Especially when they're flying at your face. But at the same time it's a lot of fun too."

It's not just the bees themselves that keep Sharp's interest buzzing. It's his wanting to help save the ecosystem.

"Unless other people start taking an interest in the bees and start wanting to take care of the bees then we're all gonna be in trouble," he said. "And it's not just mine or your problem, it's a humanity problem as a whole."

According to the American Beekeeping Federation, about a third of all food we eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination. Over the past decade colony collapse disorder has destroyed up to 40 percent of honeybee colonies, according to the Bee Informed Partnership.

But things could be looking up. A report released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says there was a 27 percent decrease in the number of honey bee colonies lost in the first quarter of this year compared to last year.

Sharp wants to see that number drop more and get others involved in some beekeeping fun.

"There's little things that we all can do," Sharp said. "If we all can do it, it would help the bee population drastically."

Sharp's working to try to get local schools involved with Host-A-Hive. He believes it's important to make sure kids are interested.

Click here to go to the Six Mile Creek Honey website and Facebook page.


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