Several Pembina Valley beekeepers have come together to form the Pembina Valley Backyard Bee Keepers this winter.

"We were just sitting around and sharing information about bees. Then we thought we could do this a little more formally and bring some resources down from Winnipeg to help us out. We decided this winter we would form it," said member of the Pembina Valley Bee Keepers, Linda Nichols.

The group held its first event in partnership with A Rocha's 'Nature Talk' series. The talk was held at the Morden Library, Thursday last week, and focused on 'A year in the life of a Honey Bee colony'.

Nichols and another member Ken Froese stated the group is aimed at helping people who are considering it as a hobby or are looking after a smaller colony.

"I'm hoping we can educate the public about bee's, about the honey bee's and the wild bee's," said Nichols. "Also like Ken (Froese) said to provide support for other beekeepers in the area. We've all sort of being doing our own thing and so we'd like to come together so we can be supported to each other and learn from each other."

A hobby beekeeper is someone who has fifty and under hives, while a commercial beekeeper has fifty or more hives they tend to.

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