Honey bee appreciation at President Carter’s family farm in Plains

PLAINS, Ga- If you think honey bees have no meaning in your life, you’re missing the buzz. Bees were all the sting Saturday in Plains.

You might not have realized it, but Saturday was National Honey Bee Day.

In celebration, The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site hosted festivities at the boyhood home of President Carter, just outside Plains in Sumter County.

Vendors were on hand to discuss bee keeping and the environmental importance of bees.

“One third of our food product is pollinated by honey bees. Out in California, the almond crop is pollinated solely by honey bees,” says Ranger Randy Dillard.

One reason for the celebration to be held at President Carter’s boyhood home was because his father maintained about two dozen bee hives on the family farm.

About four years ago, President Carter requested the park service put some hives on the property. From that, the annual honey bee celebration there started.

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