Help the Honey Bee
The Honey Bee needs our help.
Researchers continue to look into the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) but in the meantime we can all help the Honey Bee. In addition to the donation that Crafted Artisan Meadery will be making to The Ohio State University Bee Lab for purchases of Pollinator Mead the following are some additional things that everyone can do to pitch in.
Educate yourself and share your knowledge.
CCD and other environmental factors that affect the Honey Bee are often times viewed as being "over" or no longer relevant by a large part of our population. As well, the importance that Honey Bees have in our daily life, if not existence, may not be understood. For example, Honey Bees are responsible for over one-third of our food supply, a staggering fact that can often lead to a great conversation with others. A host of material is available but in addition to The Ohio State University Bee Lab (link above) the following links provide additional information:
Start backyard beekeeping.
Beekeeping is a hobby that is waning in popularity with fewer and fewer people donning a bee suit. Not only could you find a new hobby for life but a single hive can produce over 100lbs of the sweet stuff making you extremely popular with your friends. Additionally, it adds more local bees that are healthy to the gene pool! Find a beekeepers association to learn more and visit www.blueskybeesupply.com for all the supplies! There's also a great resource for both adults and kids that can be reached by clicking here!
Plant a bee garden.
Gardening is a great hobby to begin with but by focusing on plants with flowers that bloom throughout the spring, summer, and fall you can provide a year round buffet for Honey Bees and other pollinators. Check with a local garden center on what varieties of plants are best for your region and that produce the appropriate pollen and nectar sources. The optimal garden should include large patches of common plant varieties with 10 or more varieties in the garden and of course no pesticides should be used
Support your local farmer's market and beekeepers
Farmer's markets are a great bargain and typically offer fresh locally produced honey, produce and other foods. More often than not you'll find a wide range of pesticide free, organic, and non-GMO products that are produced with bee friendly methods of cultivation and are good for you as well. By supporting local farmers and helping them have a successful enterprise you are ensuring that continued pesticide free methods of farming continue in your own neighborhood. Additionally, by supporting local beekeepers you can ensure they continue their enterprise that is so critical to the overall bee population. Visit localharvest.org to find a farmer's market near you!
Give up harmful pesticides and herbicides.
Not only are pesticides and herbicides dangerous for you but they are often devastating to Honey Bees for obvious reasons. Visit the following links for details on how you can have a beautiful lawn and also help the Honey Bee.