NICOLE RIVERA HARTERY: CHANGING THE FACE OF BEEKEEPING

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By: Rana Good

Nicole Rivera Hartery is a beekeeper and educator who brings personal style and a fresh outlook to a millennia-old industry. Formerly a fashion student, a visit to a museum in Philadelphia a few years ago sparked an interest in beekeeping which eventually led to a degree from Rutgers and producing her own honey — Bees on Main St.. “I wanted to do something I’m passionate about, and I really wanted to help the bees,” she says. “They need our help.”

The number of bees in the world is in a steady decline because of climate change and the destruction of their natural habitats. Rivera Hartery educates children and adults about the importance of bee pollination (which accounts for most of our fruit and vegetable production) and how hives function helping future generations understand the need to protect them. “We need them,” she says. “It doesn’t matter what type of diet you have, we need pollinators, they are crucial to our environment.”

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