Members of the Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter are lucky to live in such a green city and region, and blessed to be among people who value and celebrate biological diversity. Because our county's residents are generally ecologically conscientious, Asheville, our fair city, boasts one of the largest beekeeping communities in the country.
In a collaborative initiative, backyard beekeepers, the Buncombe County
Beekeepers Chapter, and the Center for Honeybee Research propose for
Asheville to officially become the inaugural Bee City USA. Not only
would this cast a spotlight on our neighbors the honey bees, but it
would also obligate Asheville to uphold a set of standards in cultivating
habitats for the pollinators that play such a vital role in our
ecology. This includes setting aside a portion of the city's landscaping
budget for pollinator-friendly plants, and educating the public about
honey bees and the keepers that love them. Not to mention the fact that
learning about bees is fun!
The Bee City USA proposal is almost finalized, and the planning team
could use some extra help. Specifically, they would like new volunteers
to help with getting the name legally trademarked, as well as a graphic artist
to work on designing a logo. If you are interested in getting involved,
or have any additional questions, you can contact Phyllis Stiles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's show the rest of the country what it means to live green!