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ABOVE: Bees
create honey
and sustain
human food
supplies.
LEFT: New
beekeeper, Wes
Davis, suits up
and performs
regular
maintenance
of cleaning and
caring for the
needs of his
hives.

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W

es Davis looked up from
his computer science
studies one day and found
bees. "I had to take a nature class for my degree.
And with a marine biologist sister, I wanted something in life sciences. During a presentation," he recalls, "I learned about bees
and their current endangered situation."
According to William Schumacher,
VP of Operations at American Honey Bee
Protection Agency (AHBPA): "Ninety percent of all food sources would disappear
off the face of the earth without bees."
Davis continues: "So I found the Ocoee
Region Beekeepers Association (ORBA)
on social media; contacted and joined;
and learned about the Hive Grant." The
state of Tennessee offers start-up funds to
new beekeepers through local organizations like ORBA.
"I wrote an essay and won! Then I
took a crash course on cleaning and caring for hives, and was completely convinced that I really like learning about
bees," Davis says.
"The best part was having the chance
to get into the mentoring program with
Mr. Dale. Everybody says that if you ask
10 beekeepers the same question, you'll
get 11 answers," he laughs. "So the 100%
best thing you can do-borrow those experiences from someone else."
His mentor, Ken Dale, is a multi-certified Advanced Master Beekeeper, apiary inspector, organizational leader and
possessor of encyclopedic bee knowledge



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