For the 2nd year, Bayer CropScience has recognized an individual who has harnessed the power of the honey bee colony to benefit his or her community. This year’s Bee Care Community Leadership Award went to Herbert Everhart (seated in the photo), who played an integral role in developing programs to educate veterans and youths on all aspects of beekeeping, including establishing hives and marketing their products.
After losing a leg while serving in the Vietnam War, Mr. Everhart wanted to help and support fellow veterans to recover from war through beekeeping. Each year, Herbert mentors several veterans and youth, to ensure they know the proper way to handle honey bee colonies so they are healthy and thrive.
The award provides a 5,000 $ grant which can be used to support a community beekeeping project. “I am honored to be chosen to receive this year’s Bee Care Community Leadership Award,” said Everhart. “The grant will enable us to expand our project significantly. In addition to supporting the veterans program, some of the funds will also be used to support our beekeeping program targeted toward youth.”
The two-year educational program for veterans and youth is sponsored by the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeeping Association.
Last Year’s Bee Care Community Leadership Award went to Salem4youth, a therapeutic residential boarding school, who used the complexity of honey bee colonies to mentor teenage men.