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Honeybees Pollinating L.E.A.F. Crops!
 Thanks to a generous grant from The Community The Com-
 Foundation of Greater New Britain, the L.E.A.F.’s Ed- ucational Pollinator Program was able to install five new honeybee hives at the L.E.A.F. farm this spring. Maintained by local father/daughter beekeepers Roger and Julia Dietz, and under the tutelage of Tim Grilley, a 30-year beekeeper, the new hives are pro- gressing well and the recent hatching of new brood has doubled the population of the hives.
Inspection shows each hive has active foraging behavior and they certainly have plenty to forage at the 15-acre L.E.AF. location. If all goes well L.E.AF. may even have some honey for sale this fall. In the planning stages is an observation hive that will be located in the same building as the goats and chick- ens. This portable observation hive will also be avail- able for classroom events.
The honeybee hives at L.E.AF. are surrounded by a solar-powered electric fence in hopes of deterring any wayfaring bears that may think of enjoying some free honey. With the recent explosion of the bear population in Connecticut, many local beekeepers are incorporating electric fences to protect their bees.
Lewis Educational Agriculture Farm works to promote education through agriculture experienc- es on the historic 230-year old Lewis Family Farm at 65 Blueberry Lane in Southington. They bring classroom subjects to life, incorporating agricultural farming practices and hands-on education.
Five new honeybee hives recently installed at The L.E.A.F.
munity Founda- tion of Greater New Britain is a 501(c)3 pub- lic charity and one of the old- est community foundations in the nation. With more than 200 charitable funds and a $45 million endowment, the Foundation is leading and collaborating to shape the Ber- lin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington of tomorrow!
Julia Dietz, who is studying environ- mental science at Middlesex Commu- nity College, inspects a frame of bees at the LEAF’s Pollinator Program.
The plight of
bees in Amer-
ica and around the world has caught the attention of the scientific community and more recently the public in general.
The L.E.AF.’s Educational Pollinator Program is just one more way to help educate the public and keep this important issue in the public eye.

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