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Rural Awareness Talk: All About Bees

Rural Awareness Talk Sept. 5

Cites Many Benefits of Bees

Why Are Bees Important to Our Ecosystem?  Come hear the whole story of bees, from the 1700s to present days, from Eastern Apicultural Society Master Beekeeper Bob Kloss, on Thursday September 5 at Rutgers’ Snyder Research Farm, 140 Locust Grove Road, Pittstown, NJ. The hour-long program sponsored by Rural Awareness, Inc. is free and starts at 7:30 pm.  No reservations are required.

Kloss will present an interactive program about NJ beekeeping and its history. Guests will observe a hive containing live bees while learning about the different honey bee castes and their duties in the hive. A special treat will be tasting different types of honey and seeing a number of products from the hive, like candles, lip balm, hand cream, beeswax wraps, and more.

Bob Kloss maintains 15-20 colonies of bees at his home in Readington Township and keeps another 5-10 colonies at a local county park to educate new beekeepers and help them meet the challenges of keeping bees today. A former president of the Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association, he now serves the group as publicity and promotion chair, seeking to educate the public about the importance of honey bees and beekeeping. 

Kloss spent a 30-year career in the pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoSmithKline where he held several positions. He studied animal behavior and earned a BS degree in Psychobiology at Albright College, Reading, PA.  He also holds an MS degree in Environmental Science from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

The next speaker, and last in this year’s series, is environmentalist Hal Benz on the subject of climate change on November 7.

Rural Awareness is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich history and rural character of Franklin Township in Hunterdon County.

Call 908.735.4271 with questions.