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INTERVIEW: Barbara Keating, NE-based artist and beekeeper

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This week we are indebted to the amazing Barbara Keating, a North East-based artist and beekeeper, who joins us to talk about her work, "beewashing", the causes of colony collapse, and the importance of forage for bee populations.

Some of the websites Barbara mentioned:

Barbara's citizen science project, Bees of Bensham:

Check out Barbara's work on Vimeo:

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