Down East 2013 ©
Maine’s bee business is bustling. And with attendance up at beekeeping schools across the state, it’s looking like these sweet stingers will continue to gain in popularity. One school in particular, run by Vose Apiaries of Nobleboro, has seen a more than a 300 percent increase in attendees since they started five years ago. According to the Bangor Daily News, honeybees contribute $100 to $150 million to Maine’s economy each year. That’s because approximately 60,000 colonies of bees are transported to Maine to pollinate our crops, including wild blueberries.