January 15, 2015 Michelle Peterson: Native Bees

Note: Our plant auction, raffle, seed exchange and tasting tables return in January.

Michelle Peterson

Even though the honey bee is not native to Florida, their role in our ecosystem is very important. Recently there has been a great decline in their populations but did you know that Florida is home to over 300 species of native bees?

In January, join Michelle Peterson, President of the Treasure Coast Beekeepers Association and Master Beekeeper specializing in Native Bee Apiculture, as she discusses the value of having native bees visit your garden. Michelle will talk about the different types of native bees you can discover foraging in your garden, and demonstrate the many types of bee condos you can make to encourage these “stingless” bees to roost around your home.

An avid gardener, Michelle started beekeeping five years ago after noticing a scarcity of honey bees pollinating her flowers and later learning about Colony Collapse Disorder. She became an active member of the nearest beekeeper club, the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association, and in 2011, founded the Treasure Coast Beekeepers Association to support beekeepers and bee advocates in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. Michelle continues to serve as President of the Treasure Coast Beekeepers Association. She is a Florida Master Gardener in St. Lucie County, a Master Beekeeper in the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Program, with a specialization in Native Bee Apiculture. Michelle has a strong interest in supporting backyard beekeepers, promoting and encouraging native bee pollinators in residential gardens and landscapes, and discouraging the use of pesticides, particularly clothianidin and other neonicotinoids, that are harmful to bees and other pollinators. Michelle lives and works in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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