Beekeeping Is All The Buzz In Penobscot County
It’s a different kind of hobby, but some Mainers think it’s the bees knees.”It’s a real stress buster. There’s nothing like opening up a hive on a nice warm sunny day. The buzz from everything that’s going on inside the hive, 30-50,000 individuals all working together raising young, producing a surplus of honey. It’s just an amazing sight,” said Peter Cowin, known as the “Bee Whisperer” in Penobscot County who gave me a look into his personal hive.While Cowin started beekeeping when he was eleven, other locals have recently had the stinging desire.”There’s been a lot of people getting involved in beekeeping, so many in fact, that we’ve started up the Penobscot County Bee Keepers Association. It’s a very enthusiastic group. More than half the people who have joined are beginners and we’re looking to have as many experienced beekeepers to join us as possible to help as mentors help the new beekeepers,” said Cowin. This buzz is good, especially as Maine’s state insect has been suffering from a variety of stresses. This past winter, 50 percent of hives nationally were lost due to colony collapse.”About a third of everything we eat is pollinated by honey bees, so if you come across a swarm please don’t spray it with bugs spray or anything like that just call a bee keeper such as myself or call the Maine State Beekeepers Association and somebody will go out there straight away to pick up that swarm an give it a new home,” he said. Plus, you’ll make a bee keepers day.”There’s no better way to start up a colony then a swarm that’s been cast off by a good healthy colony,” said Cowin. For more information, you can check out “Penobscot County Beekeepers Association” and “The Bee Whisperer” on Facebook or contact Peter Cowin at 207-299-6948.