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Beekeeper highlights benefits at agriculture conference
When most people think of farming, they probably think of the routine things —poultry, eggs, beef, vegetables and fruit.
Most would probably never think of bees.
Trevor Tuck of Tucks’ Bee Better Farm in Grand Falls-Windsor hopes to change that thinking.
According to Tuck, there are currently about of 300 honeybee hives across the province.
He says this province has an advantage for beekeeper because it’s an island.
“Newfoundland is a very remote spot compared to many other places in North America and around the world,” he said. “. . . because it is an island we are pure of many diseases that are common in the beekeeping industry.”
Tuck said there are strict regulations regarding the transport of bees in Newfoundland and it has helped keep parasites and contagious diseases out of the this system.
Tuck said there is a growing need for beekeepers in Newfoundland, not just for production of honey, but to help farmers who are growing others things.
“The investment in the berry industry is huge as well. In order to have a successful berry season you need to pollinate,” he said. “There is a growing demand for pollination services. There is also the honey industry.”
Tuck said the ever-growing berry industry in the province has a large demand for the pollinators and it’s another way to make money in the industry.”
“It’s not always about honey,” he joked.
Tuck said there are various benefits to having bee farms and while he understands many people are afraid of the insect, he would encourage them to consider the benefits of bees.
“Bees do a lot of good to the environment; with the collapse of so many colonies around the world, all the deaths due to pesticides and other factors, we lose a lot of the world’s pollinators and with that we may lose a lot of plant life,” he said. “The environmental impact bees can have on an area is remarkable.
“If people got over their initial fear and learned more about their ( bees) behavior they would realize they are needed.”
Trevor Tuck, owner of Bee Better Farm in Grand Falls-Windsor, says there is a need for more bee hives and bee keepers, not just for honey production but to ensure pollination to help plants and crops.
From his bee farm near Grand Falls-Windsor, Tuck produces honey for local markets.