Bee enthusiasts meet up in Wayland

February 26, 2012
Kaat Vander Straeten
Wicked Local: Wayland

WAYLAND — The Wayland BEElieve group for bee enthusiasts, initiated by Transition Wayland, convened for the first time on Feb. 16, with a dozen people coming to share their interest in bees.

Many were interested in starting or restarting with bees, some have been keeping bees for a couple of years, and there was one experienced beekeeper who has had hives since the ’70s. There were also gardeners interested in attracting bees for their flowers, vegetables and fruit trees.

Many people on the BEElieve list have been interested in starting with beekeeping for years, but were intimidated by the prospect of going it alone. This group will support beginners by helping them pick out bees and equipment and talking them through the first steps. Members can help each other with lifting heavy hive boxes and sharing potentially expensive equipment like honey extractors. All will benefit from pooling experience and advice.

The closest beekeeping club, the Middlesex County Beekeepers Association (MCBA), is a great resource, but its base is in Carlisle and meetings are often a long drive away. With so much local interest, something closer to home was needed.

One person at the meeting shared the story of his apple trees, which used to bear many apples but in recent years have had mediocre to almost no fruit. Last year, of all the trees in his garden, only one bore fruit, all on one branch, that is, along the path of possibly one bee visit.

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