Greetings Iowa Beekeepers!
As I am writing this, I am currently caught up
in the swirl of activity that always comes with the Iowa State
Fair. I have had the chance to work with several of you already,
and I am sure I will work with more of you as the fair draws to
a close. Thanks goes out to everyone that helped, your hard work
makes the Iowa Honey Producers booth the success that it is. Also,
I think a HUGE thanks must go out to Donna Brahms, Gordon Powell,
and Apiary Superintendent Melanie Bower for all of their long
hours put in at the fair. Thanks!
The observation hives are always
a big hit at the Honey booth and 2005 Iowa Honey Queen
Teresa Jurchen was there to answer questions from the
As I am sure you are all aware, September is
National Honey Month. I just wanted to remind you to take the
time to get out there to promote the product that you so proudly
produce. Beekeepers know that honey is the world’s most
perfect food, now let’s be sure that the whole world knows
it. If there is ANYTHING that I can do to help, please don’t
hesitate to contact me.
Since I last wrote, I have been given many wonderful
opportunities to represent you across the state. In July, I attended
the IHPA Field Day in Ames, spent a day at the Southern Iowa Fair,
and visited a Farmers’ Market in down-town Des Moines. I
also spent a morning in Ames at the “Iowa Family & Consumer
Sciences Educators for Progress” Conference with Steve Hanlin.
I was able to speak to many teachers, and gave my contact information
to several who are interested in having me or another beekeeper
visit their classrooms this fall. In fact, so many were interested,
I may need to call upon some local beekeepers to help make some
of these visits. It is so exciting to watch people learn about
the diverse product we produce!
By the time you read this, I will be back in
classes at Iowa State. I am very excited about this, but please
don’t hesitate to contact me about any events that you have
going on. I would much rather be out promoting Iowa Honey then
sitting in lecture any day! As always, you can contact me at email@example.com
or (712) 779-0321.
2005 Iowa Honey Queen
Window displays at the fair are
a great way to see a wide variety of bee and honey products.
Some even feature equipment from years ago that even seasoned
beekeepers may not have seen before.