Florence eighth-grader recognized for his beekeeping work

January 27, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Sneed Middle School eighth-grade student and Sneed Squire Squad 4-H Club member William Howard was named the Pee Dee region winner of the 2018 South Carolina 4-H Honey Bee Project.

William, who has been beekeeping for two years, kept a journal for the competition including things, such as his methods, learning experiences and financial statements, that were required of him for the project.

In addition to keeping records of his beekeeping practices, William spent time attending local and state beekeeping conferences, as well as teaching in the community about honey bees and honey production at other clubs and worked educational booths at fairs and festivals across the county.

According to the Florence County 4-H Club, William also provided honey to the Florence County Council during National 4-H Week last October.

William manages two hives and was able to collect and sell 60 bear-shaped containers of honey to the community. He said the honey sold out quickly.

William also has made items out of beeswax, such as candles, ornaments and lip balms.

William said that in the past he has participated in other 4-H projects, such as working with rabbits or in the food industry, but none called to him like honey did.

“When I found honey, I knew I loved honey,” William said. “So, I found my niche.”

William said he wants to eventually focus on selling honey, but right now, he wants to teach people of the role and importance of honey bees to the food industry through pollination.

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