Learn the Basics of Beekeeping with Libraries September 15

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Justin Lowe

Beekeeper Justin Lowe of Rural Route Farms will present “The Basics of Beekeeping” from 3-4:30 p.m. September 15 as part of the Arkansas Folklife web series hosted by Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts. This digital event is free and open to the public, and registration is required.

Lauren Willette, host of the programme, said she had noticed that gardening and homesteading had gained increased public interest over the past two years. Because of this, Willette said she “wanted to be sure to include a tradition related to growing a garden.” She continued, “Also, the local honey is such a delight, so it will be great to learn more about how this process works from start to finish.”

Lowe has worked as a professional beekeeper for more than five years at his company, Rural Route Farms. He learned this craft and tradition in Wisconsin, then put his skills to good use in Russellville, Arkansas. Lowe maintains over 500 beehives and will explain the fundamentals and practice of beekeeping. He had gardens when he was younger and wanted bees for them, but he didn’t know where to start. What started as a hobby later turned into an agricultural business. Rural Route Farms provides queens, nucs and hives, as well as raw and filtered honey locally and online. Lowe’s many hives are located in the London, Lamar, Knoxville and Clarksville areas of the Arkansas River Valley. Its bees feed on the natural pollens and nectars of these places. Lowe works closely with Central Beekeepers Supply in Russellville.

The final session of the 2022 Arkansas Folklife web series is scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. on October 20. Folklorist Rachel Reynolds will discuss holiday cooking traditions in the Ozarks and offer tips for preparing a regional holiday dish.

Questions regarding the 2022 Arkansas Folklife web series can be directed to Willette at Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts is a statewide program at the University of Arkansas Libraries dedicated to building cross-cultural understanding by documenting, presenting, and supporting the living traditional arts and cultural heritage of Arkansas.