Magazine article Independent Banker

D. Stephen Wooters: Beekeeper

Magazine article Independent Banker

D. Stephen Wooters: Beekeeper

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The executive vice president and chief marketing officer, digital banking and payments, of $1.5 billion-asset Fairfield County Bank in Ridgefield, Conn., is rooted in nature.

I've been keeping bees for about 10 years. As a sixth-generation owner of a dairy farm in western New York (AmesFarm.org), the connection to the environment and agriculture is really in my DNA. From gardening to beekeeping to raising chickens to even making my own maple syrup, I just love being outdoors.

The bees themselves are fascinating and inspiring. Through millions of years of evolution, they perfected ways to survive and communicate. For example, inside every hive is a common area called the "dance floor," where bees will make calculated movements to tell other bees where to find the best patch of clover. …

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