An army of good is swarming within Chester County, and it’s 48 million strong.
That’s just among the 400 members of the Chester County Beekeepers Association, according to a County Lines Magazine report by Willistown Conservation Trust Beekeeper Noah Gress.
“Locally, black locusts, tulip poplars, and autumn olives are some of the prime nectar sources that provide the variety of flavors and character of Chester County honey,” the article stated.
In addition to producing pounds of healthful honey — “raw honey contains bee pollen, which is known to ward off infections, provide natural allergy relief, and boost overall immunity,” the article noted — bees also help monitor the health of surrounding farmland and pollinate much of the county’s agricultural produce.
“The honey bee happens to be one of the most vital parts of our ecosystem. Without these humble bees, our bountiful countryside and local food supply would not exist,” the article explained. “Honey bees and domestic bees are responsible for pollinating an astounding 90 percent of our flowers and 30 percent of our food crops.”
Read more about the important role of bees in Chester County in County Lines Magazine here.