California Sen. Bill Dodd, District 3, named John Foster and his company, BZ Bee Pollination, the Yolo County Small Business of the Year.
“John proves the idea that hard work and persistence pay off,” Sen. Dodd emphasized. “Not only has he created a thriving business, but he’s helping the environment by ensuring the preservation of bees and their essential role in plant pollination. I’m happy to recognize him for his achievement.”
Foster bought 200 bee hives and began producing honey on his Esparto farm using seed money left to him by his grandmother 47 years ago, according to a press release. He owns 35,000 hives and employs 60 workers.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” Foster emphasized. “Beekeeping is a labor of love. It helps put food on the table and we pollinate a lot of crops.”
Foster grew up working alongside his father, who was a Yolo County beekeeper. He started his own business in 1975 at first only producing honey but soon realized local farmers needed his services to pollinate their crops.
“Every third mouthful of food we eat is due to bee pollination,” Foster stressed. “In addition, it pollinates a lot of wildflowers to produce food for wildlife.”
Now, Foster raises bee packages, including queen bees to ship throughout the United States and Canada.
To learn more about Foster and his business, visit b-zbeepollination.com.
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Three Sisters Gardens will host a summer skills sharing event from 9 am to noon on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 317 5th St. and West Sacramento.
Three Sisters Gardens is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “bringing community members together to grow food and lives in West Sacramento,” according to its website.
“Join us at our youth-led skills share and demonstration workshop with Three Sisters Gardens,” the nonprofit’s Facebook post stated. “We have put together an amazing program including urban farming agriculture techniques and fun for all. We’re looking forward to growing and creating a more resilient community with you all.”
Attendees will be able to take a farm tour at the start of the event prior to learning about seeding, transplanting and harvesting, composting and bouquet making, according to the post.
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The HIVE — located at 1221 Harter Ave in Woodland — will launch its National Honey Month Concert Series from 6 pm to 8:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 10, with a performance from the Katie Knipp Band.
“September is National Honey Month!” The event’s Facebook post highlighted. “We’re celebrating big this year with a concert series every Saturday from Sept. 10 to 24. Check out all the bands playing and spend September at The HIVE with a free concert every Saturday.”
Knipp is a three-time top 10 Billboard Blues Album artist who — along with powerful vocals — plays several instruments, including the piano, guitar and harmonica.
Visit zspecialtyfood.com/event/national-honey-month-concert-series-katie-knipp-band for more details.
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The Kiwanis Club of Davis is hosting its first annual School Supplies for Kids Drive from 9 am to noon Saturday at Rite Aid located at 655 Russell Blvd.
“How can you help?” You can donate school supplies at our collection site at Rite Aid at the corner of Russell Blvd. and Anderson Rd. on Aug. 13,” the event’s website stated.
Items that will be accepted include backpacks, #2 pencils, ballpoint pens, zippered pencil bags, erasers, binders, protractors, crayons, and more.
To see the full list of items, visit happeningnext.com/event/school-supplies-for-kids-drive-hosted-by-kiwanis-club-of-davis.
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