Bees are endangered, as we know, but the new is not all bad. There are many things that an individual can do -in our own gardens – to help protect these essential pollinators, and the food crops that depend on them.
While researchers are looking for the causes, honey bee populations around the world continue to decline at alarming rates. Given that more than a third of our food supply is dependent on pollination by honey bees, it is not an exaggeration to say that we have the potential for a major agricultural disaster. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that there are many things that we as individuals can do to promote the health of the honey bee.
- Grow bee-friendly plants
- Create a four-season sanctuary for pollinators
- Become a beekeeper
- Make a drinking fountain for bees
- Buy local, organic, unpasteurized honey
- Stop spraying
- Support bee research
Endorsed by Bee Culture Magazine and Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, A Bee Lover’s Garden has produced a fundraising calendar to support the Eastern Apicultural Society’s Foundation for Honey Bee Research. Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine, will chair a committee to review proposals and make the final recommendation.