Saturday, August 16, 2014

Easy Ways to help the Honey Bees! National Honey Bee Day!

The theme is “Sustainable Agriculture Starts with Honeybees.”

No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
                             Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

“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 BorageCalendula (marigold), Lavender, Cucumbers, Squash and Echinacea.  For a full list check here

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!

If you're not sure how to get started please feel free to ask.  I'm here to help!  Check out 5 Reasons to Plant Wildflower Seeds
A great place to start is planting heirloom, non-GMO, UNTREATED seeds.  PLEASE do not buy plants from major retailers as they have been sprayed with toxic chemicals which will kill bees and other pollinators.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Happy National Honey Bee Day! I'd never heard of this before. This is so important. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.