On Thursday, June, 14, the National “Keep the Hives Alive” tour stopped at the Handeen family’s Moonstone Farm just west of Montevideo.

On Thursday, June, 14, the National “Keep the Hives Alive” tour stopped at the Handeen family’s Moonstone Farm just west of Montevideo. About 65 concerned citizens showed up for a tour of the farm and to hear several speakers talk about the decline of honey  bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Audrey Arner led the group to a pasture on the west side of the historic farmstead where she introduced the first guest speaker of the evening, James Cook.

Cook, owner of The Birds and the Bees LLC, spoke of the decline in the population of bees. Relatively new to the business of beekeeping, Cook said, “In the five years since I started keeping bees, I’ve seen many hives killed by pesticides. If some fundamental things don’t change, its going to be really hard for beekeepers


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