‘Bee Smart, Amherst’ Celebration Set for April 23 at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Amherst and its Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) greatly admire bees. So much so that the campus will celebrate the industrious pollinators during Pioneer Valley Bee Week at “Bee Smart, Amherst,” to be held on Wednesday, April 23 from 2-3:30 p.m. in front of Stockbridge Hall. Participants will find practical and useful information about bees, and the event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the adjacent Campus Center Parking Garage.

Visitors will learn about hives, honeybees, habitats and hope. Examples of various types of beehives will be on site for inspection and education. Plant lists with specific flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals considered to be “bee-friendly” will be available to homeowners. UMass researchers will be on hand to talk about their current bee research (that is the “hope” part). Area beekeepers will bring an observation hive to allow visitors to watch bees in action and a demonstration will be offered on how to create native beehives in home gardens.

This activity is one of many during 2014 held to commemorate 100 years of Extension education at UMass and nationwide. UMass Extension’s goal is to educate and inform individuals, communities and businesses on topics of interest and concern, using the academic resources of UMass Amherst and other sources.

Co-sponsors include Piti Theater Company, UMass Extension, Fernald Club, Pollinators Welcome, Student Farming Enterprise, UMass Dining and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.