On Saturday, May 21, the Alamance County chapter of the North Carolina Farm Bureau held “Homegrown in the Park” at Hawfields Community Park in Mebane. The festival hadn’t been held since 2019 due to COVID-19, and we were happy to see its return and participate. Club members staffed a display table, which included an observation hive, and answered questions from many inquisitive children as well as interested adults. Despite the heat and humidity, a good crowd showed up and learned about honey bees and their importance.
The next day, Sunday, May 22, was the club’s annual Field Day—again, not held since 2019. ACB President Ira Poston hosted everyone and manned the barbecue, grilling up some hot dogs and hamburgers. Club members brought sides and desserts. Mike Ross brought along a section of oak with a honey bee colony in it and, with Don Hopkins help, showed everyone how to cut a colony from a tree, transplant comb into frames, and relocate the bees into a hive.