When people think of bees, they don’t always think of the contribution they make outside of honey and stings.
“Estimates vary, but sometimes they say that one out of every three mouthfuls is pollinated, some people say two out of every three bites, are pollinated. I mean our lives would be hugely different if we lose the pollinators," said Dr. Gary McCallister,
a biology professor at Colorado Mesa University.
In the Grand Valley, bee hives are placed in a variety of fruit orchards from plum to the famed Palisade peach. Famers get an improved yield, and beekeepers get honey with slightly different tastes.
“There’re so many different flavors of honey, by the location where you put your bees. But each one has a distinct flavor," said Anthony Fronczek.
McCallister and Fronczek are both beekeepers with hives throughout the Grand Valley. They also teach beekeeping to just about anyone who is interested.
“Absolutely. Get with a beekeeper,” said Fronczek.
Fronczek can be found on Facebook under Horse Thief Mesa.