This harvest season Almond Board of California’s Honey Bee Pavilion made its debut at the Stanislaus County Fair, July 8-17. With graphics and facts, the exhibit’s goal was to educate fairgoers on beekeepers’ yearly duties, the role of bees in pollinating almonds and the Almond Board’s commitment to protecting honey bee health.
Honey bees play a vital role in almond production. Without these powerful pollinators buzzing through California almond orchards, the world would be without 80 percent of its almond supply.1 Every spring, honey bees from around the state and the country visit the Central Valley to pollinate almond blossoms, from Tehama to Kern County.
In addition to educating growers on honey bee health, the Almond Board partners with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom to create materials for students. As a result of this partnership, Almond Board distributes lesson plans and educational resources to classrooms across the state through Ag in the Classroom, teaching students about the almond production process.
This year, the Almond Board also participated in Stanislaus County Fair’s Ag Education program by supplying classrooms with “The Almond Story” curriculum kits to aid teachers in instructing students about bees’ importance to almonds and Central Valley agriculture as a whole. Classrooms then created their own “Bees & Trees” project, which were displayed at the fair as well.
Located inside Noah’s Water Competitive Exhibits Hall, the Honey Bee Pavilion showed the pollinator’s powerful role in the almond production process.
1Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Tree Nut: World Market and Trade. Oct. 2015.