In the upper West Lake Creek valley south of Edwards, the buzz is all about the bees. They’re the hardest workers at Knapp Ranch, perpetuating a seamless habitat in this alpine enclave by continually enriching flowers, fruit trees, crops and the natural ecosystems in the surrounding forest and Eagle County. The beekeepers of Knapp Ranch are managing hives up and down the valley, and the bee colonies are producing an extra-fine grade of Colorado wildflower honey derived from a mix of native plants, fruit tree blossoms, and annual and perennial flowers. The beekeepers are also researching the benefits of apitherapy and the use of beehive products including pollen, propolis, royal jelly, wax, hive air, and bee venom in alternative medicine and cosmetic products. Honey and bee products are available at the Knapp Harvest Store in Eagle and a portion of their proceeds are donated to SAVE the BEE, a nonprofit committed to protecting honeybees.
Beef to Bees & Compost to Corn: You are Colorado agriculture! For more information be sure to check out this image and more in the 2022 Alpine Bank Calendar.
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