Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Of Bees and Worms at Springville Road Library

New Use for Bee Venom
Jimmy Carmack
Alabama Pure Honey
As a member of the Shelby County Beekeepers Association, I attend monthly meetings. Last Thursday our president announced something very exciting! Researchers at Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that an enzyme in bee venom kills HIV. This is just one more reason to save the bees. You can read a report at http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/03/08/study-bee-venom-kills-hiv.

And if you’re fascinated by bees (and you SHOULD be) make sure you come to Springville Road on April 16 at 6:30 p.m. Jimmy Carmack of Alabama Pure Honey will be here to speak on what bees mean to all of us and the benefits of raising bees in an urban setting. He is bringing an exhibition hive, too and will discuss his vast experience as a beekeeper. I’ve heard him speak and believe me, he knows bees.

Vermiculture – Worm Source
Since we had 20 patrons at our vermiculture program, I figure we’ve demonstrated an interest in raising worms (to go with the bees, natch). If you know anyone who wants to start a worm farm for fun, profit, or compost, the recommended source is Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. Our speakers all said they’ve ordered numerous times and have been well satisfied.

Kelly Laney
Springville Road Library

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