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Hobby Day & Honey Bee Festival

The Olivarez Honey Bees hosted their 11th annual Hobby Day & Honey Bee Festival in Orland Saturday.

Posted: Apr 6, 2019 11:35 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2019 9:29 AM

ORLAND, Calif.-- The Olivarez Honey Bees hosted their 11th annual Hobby Day & Honey Bee Festival in Orland.

It was a fun-filled, informative day as hundreds learned more about bee-keeping and the role of bees in our food chain. 

"Bees are so important, in agriculture to pollinate our crops especially our fruit trees, some of the nut crops some of the seed crops," said professional beekeeper, Randy Oliver.

Honey Bees have struggled with the Varroa mite virus picked up in the 1990s causing some decline in the bee population. Beekeepers are encouraging others to keep their own bees to fight the battle of bee loss.

"We want to help them to be successful and understand that you have to take care of bees and we don't like to see people just let them go in and I want to take care of them they need they need somebody to help them" said Ray Olivarez, owner of Olivarez Honey Bees Inc.

He goes on to say, "Bees are manageable for pollination there most efficient pollinator and so is very very important to our food chain and I don't know if people quite realize how vital to the world." 

Olivarez Honey Bees raise package bees and distribute them to partners across North America in trucks specially equipped to keep them cool and happy. Olivarez Honey Bees say they breed thier bees to be robust and healthy, as well as excellent pollinators and phenomenal honey producers.

Packages for their 2019 Hobby Day event are sold out but they will update their website if additional quantities become available. To access the Olivarez Honey Bees website CLICK HERE.

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