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FOOD & DRINK
SWEET ON HONEY
BEES HAVE MADE A COMEBACK IN SONOMA COUNTY,
AND VISITORS CAN REVEL IN THE SWEET TASTE OF SUCCESS
W
hen wildfires blazed across Sonoma County
in 2017, burning more than 150,000 acres,
they also took a toll on the local honey bee
population. While the Jordan Estate and its
vineyards were spared, the winery's resident
bees weren't so fortunate. Though Healdsburg was many miles
from the flames, drifting smoke drove a few colonies of Jordan
bees to find new homes. Local bees that survived have faced a
loss of habitat and a lack of wild and cultivated plants to forage
for nectar. Two of the seven hives at Jordan were abandoned, but
were quickly replaced the following spring by wild swarms, eager
to find new hives.
" A lot of people lost their colonies, " says Todd Knoll, executive
chef at Jordan Winery, " but in the following spring, we were able
to capture wild swarms in the berries and madrone trees on the
property. It seems that all of the bees were on the move; I'm sure
we have traded with some of our close neighbors. We find the
swarm balled up around their queen, carefully capture them and
introduce the new swarm to the hive. "
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