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June 18, 2018
Hey, Richmond, it’s Virginia Pollinator Week with a Celebration at the Great Big Greenhouse
Come meet beekeepers and learn what they do and how they dress for work
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686

June 18 – 24, 2018 is Virginia Pollinator Week, a time set aside by Governor Ralph Northam to recognize and appreciate the tremendous value of pollinators in the Commonwealth. On Sunday, June 24, from noon to 4 p.m. visitors to the Great Big Greenhouse can meet beekeepers, see the tools of their trade, try on a beekeeper’s suit and learn what they can do to protect our most efficient pollinator, the honeybee.

Virginia is currently experiencing a loss of 30 to 40 percent of hives per year, but Virginians can take specific actions to protect and increase the number of our pollinators. Individuals who wish to join in the effort can become beekeepers or plant gardens or window boxes that will attract pollinators. Virginia State Apiarist, Keith Tignor, will be on hand with information on how to protect this precious resource.

For additional information, contact Elaine Lidholm at elaine.lidholm@vdacs.virginia.gov.


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