Lexington mother-daughter duo want to “bee” new hope

Published for The Lexington Minuteman on Oct. 2.

While Carla Fortmann employs her own two hands as well as volunteers to manage her carrots, tomatoes and arugula, the buzzing of over 40,000 bees keeps the crop growing.

“After we got the beehives, we doubled our production,” Fortmann, who manages the Lexington Interfaith Garden on Harrington Road, said. “We’re now close to 2,000 pounds each season.”

Alexandra Bartsch of Follen Road started working the two hives that house the approximately 40,000 bees behind Fortmann’s house two years ago. Her daughter Anastasia, a Lexington High School student, has adopted her mother’s long love and fascination for bees and has begun a club called the Lexington Beekeeper’s Association to educate and advocate for bees.

Though the club does not deal directly with beehives, Anastasia said the group is trying to build educational programming and, someday, bring beekeeping to the school.

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