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The 9th Annual International Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest to benefit the Center for Honeybee Research
Thursday June 11 from 5:30-8:30pm,Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St, Asheville. They have their own beehives up on their roof!

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The Center for Honeybee Research is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization founded to conduct “citizen-science” to benefit and increase awareness about the honeybee crisis.

Why is this necessary? Because there are gaps in the investigation of the causes of the current honeybee crisis.

Honeybee colonies are failing to survive winter as never before in their 50 million year history. In the current political and economic climate, there is insufficient funding available for academic and government research on honeybees. Center for Honeybee Research exists to provide unbiased data straight from the hives of beekeepers all over the world, freely available to the public. We are taking the lead in systematically collecting scientific data to give us answers to the pressing issues plaguing the honeybee.

The Center has four long-term goals:

  1. To educate beekeepers and the public on the importance of honeybees in our environment through schools, events, and conferences.
  2. To engage in research to further our knowledge of honeybees as well as find answers to challenges to their continued existence.
  3. To serve as a world communications center for the exchange of information and contacts relating to bees and beekeeping.
  4. To establish a comprehensive laboratory for the analyses of everything affecting the health of bees and their environment.

Not everyone realizes honeybees are vegetarians who receive their entire sustenance from the largesse of plants – nor that the plants they visit are immeasurably enriched by the exchange.

In fact flowering plants and honeybees are two sides of the same coin. There’s probably not another species on the planet which causes less damage or gives back more than it takes from its ecosystem.