June 1st kicks off National Pollinator Month. It’s a great time to learn more about pollinators like the famed honey bee. It’s also time that we show these hard-working pollinators a little respect. After all, one mouthful in three of the foods you eat depends on pollination by honey bees, according to the USDA.
Wendy and Jeff Woolard of Autryville, NC sell honey and hydroponically-grown produce to local markets in Sampson and Cumberland counties. This is their first year producing vegetables for market. They were disappointed by the quality of produce they found in local stores, much of which was imported when it was possible to grow the same types of vegetables locally. They decided to take the initiative to get fresher, higher quality vegetables onto the plates of local consumers.