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Monday, December 31, 2012

Give a Bee Hive

If any of you are doing last minute charitable contributions as the clock approaches midnight and the end of 2012, a great thing to do is to contribute to the Heifer project.  Only $30 provides a hive of bees to someone in a country where they need help to make a living.

Here's the link.

Their page is a little slow tonight as many US citizens try to do last minute donations, but it is well worth it and you will be adding to the honey bee population as well as increasing the number of beekeepers in the world.

If you didn't know this about Heifer, when they give an animal or in this instance, a beehive, then the recipient has the responsibility to pass their knowledge on to another person.  In other words,  a new beekeeper should, next year, split the hive they were given this year and give the split to another person as well as help the person get started as a beekeeper.

It's the old teach a man to fish approach rather than feed the man fish.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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