ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV interviewed Nicole Medina, the 2019 American Honey Princess, who was representing the New Jersey Beekeepers Association at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference. Medina shared information about beekeeping and the many ways the honeybee is of great importance to New Jersey. 

The New Jersey Beekeepers Association is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and support of all aspects of beekeeping in New Jersey. They maintain ten branches throughout the state that offer beginner beekeeping courses. 

“You can learn everything you can before you get started, so that way you are ready and well-equipped,” said Medina. “We’re more than happy to help you learn and mentor you along your way within your first year.”

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The honeybee is the state insect of New Jersey, so chosen after a group of fifth graders petitioned the state back in the 1970s, and Medina explained the many ways bees are valuable to our home and environment. 

Bees pollinate one-third of the food that we eat and New Jersey agriculture depends heavily on honeybee pollination. Even those plants which are pollinated by wind can benefit from bee pollination, Medina said, which usually causes fruits to grow much larger. “It’s a great way to grow a bigger crop without using any GMOs,” Medina added. 

Honey is the only food that does not spoil due to its low moisture content, Medina explained. It’s well-known for benefitting sore throats, but honey can also be used for wound care. “It films and covers the wound, drawing out all the impurities while adding all the good enzymes that the bees themselves naturally add to their honey,” said Medina. In addition, honey can also help heal scars. 

“It’s a natural alternative, and also a sweet treat,” Medina said.

To learn more about beekeeping in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Beekeepers Association website at: http://www.njbeekeepers.org.