“The primary goals of the National Honey Bee Day Program include:
1) Promotion and advancement of beekeeping.
2) Educate the public about honey bees and beekeeping.
3) Make the public aware of environmental concerns as they effect honey bees.”
So what can you do to Help the Honeybees?
1. Watch Vanishing of the Bees and recommend to your friends and family. Heck, share it with strangers! It’s an amazing movie and you can find in on Netflix and a short chip on youtube.
2. Plant bee-friendly flowers and plants. Mary’s Heirloom Seeds offers a quite a few bee-friendly seed varieties such as Borage, Calendula (marigold), Lavender, Cucumbers, Squash and Echinacea. For a full list check here. I have extended the sale on ALL Herb seeds at Mary's Heirloom Seeds until the 19th to celebrate National Honey Bee Awareness Day!
3. Stay away from using harsh chemicals in your garden and yard. Most chemical pesticides also kill beneficial insects.
4. Support your local beekeepers. Buying local honey is a great way to show your support and is a delicious treat. It has been suggested that eating local honey can help with seasonal allergies. Local honey is also eco-friendly as it does not have to travel thousands of miles and possibly contain nasty chemical additives.
5. Learn more about bees, beekeeping and CCD. Have you ever considered backyard beekeeping? Now would be a great time to learn more!
I've written several times about CCD and the increasing use of GMO crops. Several researchers have gone as far as to say that there is a direct correlation. Watch Vanishing of The Bees!
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