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Bee Education

The Savannah Bee Company loves honeybees and the company is dedicated to educating children and adults about the important role bees play as pollinators of our most healthy foods. We believe that honeybees need all of the help that we can give them – start a beehive, avoid pesticides, plant diverse flowering species, support local beekeepers.

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Did you know that the very first and maybe most important ingredient in all Savannah Bee honey is 100% all-natural golden sunlight? This precious energy travels almost 93 million miles to the flowers that use the sunlight to begin making honey!

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When the sunlight does finally reach Earth it is used by tupelo trees, orange trees, and sourwood trees to grow, produce flowers, and fill the flowers with nectar. Nectar is a sugary liquid that comes from flowers.

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Plants use brightly colored flowers and sweet nectar to encourage pollinators like honeybees to drop by for a visit. While visiting flowers, honeybees can collect as much of this delicious nectar as they can. As the honeybee roams around the plant’s flowers, their fuzzy little bodies get covered in pollen!

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A pollen covered honeybee will then travel to the flowers of several other plants spreading around the pollen it collects. This process is called cross pollination. Cross pollination is a very important part of the plants’ seed making process. Seeds are required to produce the next generation of baby plants!

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The honeybee takes the nectar back to its home, a beehive. In the wild, honeybees make their beehives in any unoccupied empty space, like a hollow tree.

Beekeepers provide bees with hive boxes, usually made of wood, for the bees to make their home. Boxes can be stacked on boxes to provide more space as the colony grows. The place where a beekeeper keeps all of her hives is called an apiary.

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Once a honeybee colony settles into a beekeeper’s beehive boxes, the colony will begin to grow. When the time is right, the Queen Bee will begin laying eggs. The Queen Bee is the parent of all of the new members of the colony. A honeybee colony can grow very fast because a Queen Bee can lay more than 1000 eggs a day!

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The honeybees that visit flowers and collect nectar are called Worker Bees. When the Worker Bees return from the flowers, they deposit the nectar collected into little cells that are hexagon shaped spaces in the hive’s honeycomb. When the cell is full of nectar, other Worker Bees will fan the nectar with very fast moving wings. They do this to evaporate the water from the nectar creating honey.

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When the hive boxes are full of honey and honeycomb, the beekeepers will lovingly remove the honeycomb and extract the honey.

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Our beekeepers will very carefully fill big barrels of their honey and send it to the Savannah Bee Company in Savannah, Georgia. Some of the bee keepers send us the bee boxes with the honey still in the combs. Here in Savannah, we pour the pure honey into jars and we hand-cut and clean the honeycomb for our customers.

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So, what are the ingredients in pure honey? Well, golden sunlight, nectar from flowers, hard work (provided by honeybees), and loving care (provided by beekeepers). In short: sunlight, nectar, work, and love.

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