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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Virginia Honey Month

WHEREAS, honey is made from flower nectar, which is collected by bees, naturally broken down into simple sugars and stored in honeycombs; and, 

WHEREAS, bees in a beehive may collectively travel as many as 55,000 miles and may visit as many as two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey; and, 

WHEREAS, while prehistoric evidence of honey bees has been discovered in North America, the western or European honey bee, Apis mellifera, was not known on the continent prior to the arrival of explorers and colonists from Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries; and, 

WHEREAS, honey bees were first introduced to North America by the Virginia Company of London, and several beehives departed from England in 1621 and arrived at the settlement in Jamestown in March 1622; and, 

WHEREAS, honey bees subsequently became an essential part of farm communities, and hives were found outside the homes of many early colonists as honey bees spread to nearby woods and began to thrive in the region; and, 

WHEREAS, in 2021, Virginia’s commercial beekeepers harvested honey from 6,000 bee colonies which yielded an average of approximately 40 pounds per colony, with a total production that was valued at more than $1.9 million; and, 

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services distributed 2,302 beehive units to 916 Virginia residents, through the Beehive Distribution Program in fiscal year 2021-2022, to help counteract dramatic honeybee losses in the state by assisting beekeepers in establishing new hives; and, 

WHEREAS, honey is used in many culinary capacities with many of Virginia’s Finest companies either adding spices and herbs to the natural sweetener to modify the flavor, crafting meats, candies, condiments or including it in sauces and other items; and, 

WHEREAS, honey contains antioxidants, minerals and enzymes, and it is widely used medicinally to heal wounds, help digestive issues, as a natural cough remedy, and to treat oily or acne prone skin; and, 

WHEREAS, much of the honey in Virginia is harvested during September, and Virginia Honey Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the work of those harvesting honey and the value of honey to Virginians; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize September 2022 as VIRGINIA HONEY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.