Bees are Buzzing

Let’s keep the bees buzzing. The Blue Mt. 4-H Livestock club want you to help keep the bees buzzing with the Honey Bee Challenge.  The club has set up an interactive display in the Apiary (Honey) area of the fairgrounds.  The display will be up and running during the Schuylkill County Fair which runs July 31 through August 5.   The Honey Bee challenge is an interactive display where you the public can write down their favorite food in the appropriate food group and a little while later come back to see if it has been circled.  If it has been circled then the food is a food that would not exist without bees to pollinate it.  This is the premise behind the honey bee challenge which is to make the public more aware of all the foods we enjoy and would not exist without bees.  One in every three bites we eat is the result of pollinators (bees).  Participants are asked to write down their favorite food inside of the five food groups illustrated by a MyPlate design.  MyPlate is the illustration developed the national standards of how to build a healthy diet.  As the MyPlate becomes full with people’s favorite food a club member will come by and circle the foods that would not exist without bees.

The 40 plus 4-H’ers of the Blue Mountain 4-H Livestock Club are under the creative and talented directions of the Jill Felty and Kim Morgan as their leaders.  This program evolved from when these two leaders sent one of their active 4-H’er Stefani Strouse daughter of Steve and Staci Strouse of Auburn to attend a Youth Summit on Agri-Science.  At a summit in Washington D.C. at the National 4-H Headquarters.

At the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science high school students develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability. National 4‑H Council and National 4‑H Conference Center partnered with agricultural scientists, researchers, leaders, politicians, and advocates to host the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science. This Summit emphasized hands-on educational experiences led by experts in the agricultural community. The summit was part of the national STEM initiative.

Topics of exploration included Agriculture Literacy, Agriculture Issues, and Careers in Agriculture leading to a community action projects to facilitate Agriculture back in the community’s from which the 4-H’ers came.   This is one of Stef Strouse community action project to fulfill the requirements of going to Washington for the summit.

So write your write down your food and find out if it is one of those foods that we would not have if we did not have pollinators (bees).  This will go on during the Schuylkill county Fair which runs July 31 through August 5.

For more information about the Schuylkill County Fair visit the fair’s web site at www.schuylkillfair.com.   Schuylkill County Fair is where the country scene make blue ribbon dreams come true.

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