April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day!

by Barry C. Dobil Sr.


Recently we were approached by Kutztown University biology professor Dr. Robyn Underwood about the possibility of Josh Early Candies contributing cane sugar to a study she is conducting in conjunction with the Rodale Institute on the health of honey bees. In early spring, the bees need to be fed either through honey reserves left in the hive over winter, or in the case of new colonies, through sugar solution placed in the hives.

Dr. Underwood has procured the equipment and established 39 new hives on the Rodale farm and Josh Early Candies supplied 1,200lb. of cane sugar for the hungry newcomers. Yours truly was fortunate to see the bees in action last Saturday and Sunday through Rodale’s  Honeybee Conservancy Training Course taught by Robyn Underwood. 

It was an enlightening two days, to say the least! Thanks to Dr. Underwood and the Rodale Institute for the opportunity.

Some photos:  

The Class

Opening a new hive
Opening a new hive

Introducing the queen
Introducing the queen

Hi ho...hi ho...it's off to work we go!
Hi ho...hi ho...it's off to work we go!

Inspecting an established comb
Inspecting an established comb

In recognition of Earth Day today, Josh Early Candies would like to say “thanks” to all the honeybees out there!

Honeybee Facts from the Rodale website:

  • Bees are the only insects that produce food eaten by humans.
  • Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water.
  • The average American eats about one pound of honey a year.
  • To make one pound of honey, worker bees have to fly 55,000 miles and tap two million flowers.
  • The honeybee's wings make about 200 beats per second, creating their infamous buzzing.
  • More than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world's food are pollinated by bees.
  • U.S. honeybees’ economic contribution is valued at nearly $15 billion.
  • Blueberries and cherries are 90-percent dependent on honeybee pollination.
  • Almonds depend entirely on the honeybee for pollination.