Creating a buzz about beekeeping

March 10, 2008 4:45:32 AM PDT

The state Agriculture Department offering $300 worth of gear to the first 50 to register for and then complete a beekeeping class that's scheduled for Mansfield next month.

The goal is to raise the number of bees in the Garden State.

It's not just about honey. Bees are important in pollinating the state's fruit and vegetable crops.

Nationally, the number of bees has been on the decline, though.