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Blain's Farm and Fleet sells bees for growing local interest


Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- Raising bees is gaining some serious popularity around the Chippewa Valley.  It's a new hobby that some say could be as sweet as the honey they produce.

The new hobby has been buzzing loud enough for Blain's Farm and Fleet in Chippewa Falls to start stocking the shelves with all the necessary bee keeping equipment, and on Saturday they held a question and answer seminar with local bee expert Randy Rykal.  Dozens of people huddled up to hear all about honeybees and what it takes to start a hive of your own.

"It's important to monitor your bees about every ten or twelve days to see how they're going.  Be aware of their space requirements.  They're a growing population so you'll want to ensure that there's enough space to be in to and enough food supply," said Rykal.

Rykal said that even if honey doesn't hit your sweet tooth, there's more reason why trying a hand at raising a hive can hatch a new hobby.

"I think people are concerned about nature, about helping out the pollinators as a whole.  There seems to be an interest in the green concept, back to nature.  I think some of those are driving factors for more interest in bees," Rykal said.

Another way to try your hand at raising bees, Rykal said, is local bee clubs.  The Chippewa-Eau Claire Beekeepers Club is a group that meets once a month to help promote raising bees, and show the ropes to those just trying it out.

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