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With Environment America, you protect the places that all of us love and promote core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives. We’re a national network of 30 state environmental groups with members and supporters in every state. Together, we focus on timely, targeted action that wins tangible improvements in the quality of our environment and our lives. Every day, we see more heartbreaking evidence of the damage being done to our planet: climate change, plastic pollution, wildlife disappearing forever. But we also see the solutions all around us, practically begging us to adopt them: solar and wind power, electric cars and buses, more walkable and “bikeable” cities, reusing and repairing stuff instead of throwing it away, and on and on. Environment America’s mission is to transform the power of our imaginations and our ideas into change that makes our world a greener and healthier place for all. Our parks, forests, mountains, oceans and the wildlife that depend on them help define our country and who we are as a people. They need our protection, especially as bees and other pollinators die off in unsustainable numbers, public lands and waters are opened up to drilling and mining, and plastic pollution in our ocean puts wildlife at risk. Through research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, we educate the public about what’s at stake and what can be done. Our canvassers and organizers meet people where they are—in public places, door to door or online—raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and securing funds to support our work. At Environment America we make the case for our environment and help people like you make an impact—through petitions, emails, letters, phone calls and more, all delivered to the right people, just when it matters most. Our staff work together for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate. Our members put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. We stand up for the environment. You make it all possible. Bees are dying off at an unsustainable rate, with serious consequences for our natural world. They play a vital role as pollinators, and losing them would have a devastating ripple effect across all ecosystems. That’s why we’re working to expand bee habitats and stop the use of bee-killing pesticides. In recent years, beekeepers report they’re losing on average 29 percent — and sometimes nearly 40 percent — of all honeybee colonies each winter. It’s twice the loss considered economically tolerable. And, just as worrisome, wild bee populations are also in decline. There are more than 20,000 species of bees, and they are nature’s best pollinators. Ninety percent of wild flowering plants need animal pollinators. Without them, flowering plants will sharply decline, with dangerous consequences for all ecosystems. Scientists point to several causes for bee die-offs, including bee-killing pesticides, the loss of good habitat, disease and our changing climate. While we’re working to address each of these problems, the three things we can do right now to save the bees are to plant more pollinator-friendly plants; stop the use of bee-killing pesticides in parks, wildlife refuges and other places bees should be safe; and promote sustainable, less pesticide-reliant agricultural practices. 1. Reducing the sale and use of pesticides: Major retailers such as Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware and many others have made commitments to move the market away from selling bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides, aka neonics. We’re calling on the online giant Amazon to do the same. 2. Protecting safe havens for bees: There are some places where bees should be safe. Parks, wildlife refuges, national parks and more should be free of bee-killing pesticides. Further, bee-killing pesticides have no place in our urban landscapes and backyards, as our urban environs have increasingly become important for bees. Already, Connecticut, Maryland and Vermont have banned the sale of bee-killing pesticides to consumers. America should do the same. 3. Planting pollinator-friendly plants: The great thing about habitat is that small spaces can do wonders. Parks, roadsides and government lawns are all perfect for wildflowers and pollinator-friendly plants. We’re calling on cities, counties, states and the federal government to commit to planting wildflowers and other plants that benefit bees. We helped convince Congress to call upon the military to manage its 11 million acres of land to better protect habitat for pollinators. The Environment America approach is that each of our campaigns aims to move us toward a cleaner, greener America in a particular way. But they share a common approach. Each campaign strives to: Put the environment first. A clean environment is not a by-product of American prosperity. Rather, a clean environment is the necessary precondition for true prosperity. Through our research and public education, we’re working to shift more hearts and minds over to this point of view. Take a strategic approach. We must think big and act boldly, but progress comes one step at a time. We don’t make broad statements; instead, we work to protect the American landscape and make a difference in American lives by building support for specific shifts in public policy. Build on what works. We’ve won policies that have resulted in landmark growth in solar and wind power as well as cleaner air, have reduced global warming pollution in 25 states, and made cuts in single-use plastics. We know which policies work, how they can be improved and what it takes to win their approval. And we’re open to new ideas that could work even better. Work together. We endeavor to unite people from all across the political spectrum, whether they are farmers in Iowa who benefit from wind turbines on their land, or urban Californians who want to store and share the solar energy generated on their rooftops, or restaurant owners who are finding alternatives to foam containers and straws to reduce single-use plastics. Our advocates in Washington, D.C., work with members of Congress from both parties. Our advocates in the states build coalitions that include business owners, doctors and nurses, religious leaders and community activists. Our organizers and canvassers engage hundreds of thousands of our members and activists in all 50 states.

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Amanda, bee conservationist and enthusiast has been studying bees since 2008, an interest fostered informally in childhood. She began building Buzz about Bees in August 2010. Deciding to create it because of her concern about bees, and because she believed that people can make a difference and help reverse threats and declines by planting lots of flowers in their gardens. She also loved sharing her enthusiasm for bees, and wanted to inspire others. She began raising awareness of the plight of bees in 2008, and was extremely active on Twitter from 2009, sharing links to information and organizing letter writing campaigns. Back then, there was little awareness of the problems facing bees, and about issues such as habitat loss and the impact of insecticides. There was also very little information available on-line at that time. She was one of a very small group of trail-blazing independent campaigners. The group included a few beekeepers across the world (Phil Chandler, Tom Theobald, Graham White), a retired Consultant Anaesthetist and a Dutch toxicologist. A number of supporters assisted in helping to build momentum, and almost all of them were beekeepers. It is hard to imagine now, but a number of us had to withstand significant on-line abuse, and a general disregard from decision makers. It took time to generate the momentum behind the campaign. At last, major charities came on board from 2012 onwards after the EFSA inquiry into the regulatory position and evidence around the threat of neonicotinoid insecticides to bees, and they have since helped to spread the message. Amanda writes a lot about tips to help bees, gardening for bees, and enjoy raising awareness of some less well-known solitary species. She also uses her website to help change the perception of insects such as wasps, which are mostly very valuable helpers in the garden. She particularly offers advice concerning nests, and other general queries about how people can help pollinators. Aside from doing what she could by including flowers for bees in her garden, she found that one of the most effective ways in which a difference has been created is via written letters (usually to politicians) – Many initiated by her website using social media. She also writes short, informal features for local magazines, and along with some of her independent campaigning colleagues, fed a number of important stories and items of research with the mainstream newspapers. Some of which was the result of time-consuming, background investigation work. Amanda began working with children too, every once in a while, planting pots of wild flowers and making simple bee houses, and giving talks locally to increase education and awareness around bees. Her site contains information about bumblebees, honey bees and solitary bees specifically, including information about life cycles, gardening for bees, conservation issues, as well as various articles and snippets of general 'bee information' which will help to answer many questions.

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Environment Arizona’s mission is to transform the power of imaginations and ideas into change, that makes our world a greener and healthier place for all. They focus on timely, targeted action that wins tangible improvements in the quality of our environment and our lives. In a greener, healthier world, all of us would treat our air and water as the precious life-giving resources they are, not as dumping grounds for our waste. Environment Arizona takes concrete steps to move us closer to the world we want to live in, from holding illegal water and air polluters accountable to networking local citizens who serve as champions of the local waters they love. Funded by supporters, they research the challenges confronting our environment and advocate for solutions. Through research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, they educate the public about what’s at stake and what can be done. Their canvassers and organizers meet people where they are—in public places, door to door or online—raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and securing funds to support their work. They make the case for our environment and help people like us make an impact—through petitions, emails, letters, phone calls and more, all delivered to the right people, just when it matters most. Each of their campaigns aim to move toward a cleaner, greener Arizona in a particular way. But they share a common approach. Each campaign strives to put the environment first. A clean environment is not a by-product of American prosperity. Rather, a clean environment is the necessary precondition for true prosperity. Through their research and public education, they are working to shift more hearts and minds over to this point of view. They adopt a strategic approach. Though thinking big and acting boldly, progress comes one step at a time. They shy away from making broad statements; instead, they work to protect the treasured landscape and make a difference in the lives of people in Arizona by building support for specific shifts in public policy. They build on what works. They have won policies that have resulted in landmark growth in solar and wind power as well as cleaner air, together with their national network they have reduced global warming pollution in 25 states, and have made cuts in single-use plastics. They are aware of which policies work, how they can be improved and what it takes to win their approval. Always open to new ideas that could work even better. Working together, they endeavour to unite people from all across the political spectrum, whether they are farmers who benefit from wind turbines on their land, home-owners who want to store and share the solar energy generated on their rooftops or restaurant owners who are finding alternatives to foam containers and straws to reduce single-use plastics. Their advocates in Washington, D.C., work with members of Congress from both parties. Their advocates in Arizona and partners in other states build coalitions that include business owners, doctors and nurses, religious leaders and community activists. Together, their organizers and canvassers engage hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states. Environment Arizona staff join a national team of more than 170 researchers, advocates, attorneys and communications experts to work together for more action and results. Environment Arizona, along with Environment America and its 29 state affiliates, are part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done.

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Environment California’s mission is to transform the power of our imaginations and our ideas into change that makes our world a greener and healthier place for all. Funded by supporters like you, they research the challenges confronting our environment and advocate for solutions. Through research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, they educate the public about what’s at stake and what can be done. Their canvassers and organizers meet people where they are—in public places, door to door or online—raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and securing funds to support their work. They make the case for our environment and help people like you make an impact—through petitions, emails, letters, phone calls and more, all delivered to the right people, just when it matters most. Environment California approaches are to move us toward a cleaner, greener California in a particular way. But they share a common approach. Each campaign strives to: Put the environment first. A clean environment is not a by-product of American prosperity. Rather, a clean environment is the necessary precondition for true prosperity. Through our research and public education, they’re working to shift more hearts and minds over to this point of view. Take a strategic approach. They must think big and act boldly, but progress comes one step at a time. They don’t make broad statements; instead, they work to protect our treasured landscape and make a difference in the lives of people here in California by building support for specific shifts in public policy. Build on what works. They’ve won policies that have resulted in landmark growth in solar and wind power as well as cleaner air, together with our national network they have reduced global warming pollution in 25 states including California, and they have made cuts in single-use plastics. They know which policies work, how they can be improved, and what it takes to win their approval. And they’re open to new ideas that could work even better. Work together. They endeavor to unite people from all across the political spectrum, whether they are farmers who benefit from wind turbines on their land, homeowners who want to store and share the solar energy generated on their rooftops or restaurant owners who are finding alternatives to foam containers and straws to reduce single-use plastics. The goal of “Save the Bees” program is to plant more pollinator-friendly plants, thus protecting safe havens for bees and reducing our reliance on pesticides.

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The Bee Health Collective is a collaboration of stakeholder organizations to gather and share current, credible information about honey bee health. Founded by Project Apis m. and the National Honey Board in 2019, the Bee Health Collective is a repository of information about bee health in the USA. The mission of this project is to gather and provide a ‘one-stop shop’ resource of accessible, credible information about honey bee health, honey bee research, the bee-keeping industry, and how these relate to important things like agriculture, resource management and food. Humans rely on honey bees for the production of many crops. Along with providing important pollination services, honey bees produce about 150 million pounds of honey in the USA each year along with other hive products like beeswax, propolis, royal jelly and pollen. Humans have been keeping bees for thousands of years. Over time, methods have evolved and even today beekeeping practices differ around the world. In the United States, it is important to understand that most beekeepers are backyard beekeepers, each having only a few colonies for personal use. Most colonies in the U.S. belong to a much smaller number of commercial beekeepers. Unfortunately, all bees are facing serious health threats. This is driving high annual honey bee colony losses, making it increasingly difficult for beekeepers to provide pollination for crops and run sustainable businesses. In 2006, Colony Collapse Disorder devastated many beekeepers and honey bee colonies across the US. Colony Collapse Disorder is a syndrome characterized by some very specific symptoms: the majority of worker bees in a hive disappear and leave behind a laying queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen. It's as if a booming metropolis suddenly emptied its working population. As a result, the hive dies. Scientists still don’t know for sure what causes Colony Collapse Disorder, and it is infrequently seen today. Even though CCD is not at the forefront of honey bee health concerns today, we continue to see high annual losses related to this. There are many organizations dedicated to helping honey bees and pollinators. From research to habitat to education and policy - however you want to help, there is an organization that can utilize your donation. Project Apis m. is a founder of the Bee Health Collective and supports honey bee research and habitat projects.

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Crown Bees are people with a passion for bees and pollination who care about environmentally conscious products and practices. In 1994, Dave Hunter, the Founder of Crown Bees, and his wife noticed that their neighbours’ apple trees had way more apples than the ones growing in their own yard. Dave, being a "why" person, needed to know more. After talking with their neighbour, he learned the secret of his success were mason bees. The following year, he experimented with a backyard bee garden of his own and watched their apple trees flourish! Years later, his passion took over, and he decided that he had to find a way to help these amazing pollinators thrive. So, he converted their garage into a work space and in 2008 Crown Bees was born. Over the years, they’ve outgrown the garage. And, while we're still a small company, they’ve had a big impact. Through collaborations with researchers, peers, and community groups, they have set the standard for best practices in solitary bee raising and have helped thousands of people across the United States and Canada grow fresh, healthy food. That desire to know "why" still drives Crown Bees. It's what keeps them informed on current challenges facing bee populations and brings them together to find sustainable solutions. Crown Bees helps create vibrant communities of bee raisers by providing healthy hole-nesting bees and bee raising supplies, along with quality support and educational programs to farmers and backyard gardeners. Crown Bees places huge emphasis on putting Bee's Health First Their criteria for safe and healthy bee’s rests on meticulous harvesting techniques to remove pests and pollutants, educating their bee raisers on research-based best practices, bee-safe products, and sorting their cocoons by ecoregions to give the bees a better chance of survival when they emerge in the spring. They are continuously updating their business practices to be more environmentally responsible and look to nature first for inspiration. They are committed to being transparent about their sustainability goals and progress towards their targets. They work and partner with beekeepers, landowners, researchers, K-12 schools, universities, non-profits, and government agencies to stay informed on the current challenges facing bee populations and to bring together the best practices for solving those challenges They sell mason bees for spring pollination and leafcutter bees for summer pollination. Their processes and product designs are driven by research and community partnerships to ensure they are bee-safe and sustainability-focused. Solitary bees, while they don't make honey, are expert pollinators! These gentle bees are known to improve pollination efficiency and increase fruit set (the process in which a flower becomes a fruit) by twice that facilitated by honey bees! Their goal is to help people help bees. Through educational and community programs, school resources, an evidence-based online knowledge base, newsletters and blogs, and their self-service support centre, they aim to help people address food insecurity, sustainability, and solitary bee conservation.

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Master Bee-keeper Charlotte Anderson has been active in the bee-keeping community for more than 13 years. One of her favourite passions is helping people learn more about honey bees and creative ways to use beehive products. Charlotte believes that honey bees are very important to our way of life. When you help honey bees, you help all pollinators. Her quest is to promote a better understanding of bees. Beekeeping is an activity enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Beginning beekeepers often feel overwhelmed with the massive amount of new terminology. The bee-keeper must understand the importance of various bee-keeping tasks. Knowing how to feed bees, where to place a hive and how to perform hive inspections are all vital skills. Even the experienced bee-keeper must control hive pests, such as varroa mites, to keep the bees healthy and productive. Those who invest time and effort into the practice of bee-keeping may reap a golden honey harvest. In addition, knowing that they work with one of the most fascinating insects in the world. Among the thousands of species of bees in the world, only 1 is used to produce food for humans. Honey bees are appreciated for the sweet honey that bees produce from plant nectar. Also, bees collect pollen and add billions of dollars to modern agriculture efforts. The Queen honey Bee is the most important member of the colony, but she does not work alone. Beekeepers who understand the dynamics of the hive are more likely to be successful. And all bee lovers enjoy learning more about this fascinating insect. Beeswax is produced by bees in the genus Apis – honey bees. Worker bees make beeswax from special wax glands on the underside of their abdomen. This wax forms the many combs inside hive. Beeswax, however, is not only used by bees! We humans have numerous ways to use beeswax in and around our homes. From making beeswax candles to creating healing beeswax balms for cracked heels, you are sure to find a beeswax recipe to try. Beeswax is a valuable product of the hive. It sells for more per pound than honey and provides another income stream for beekeepers. Beekeeping involves a fascinating journey into the world of the honey bee. It is much more than simply putting a family of bees into a box. To have healthy, productive hives, you must learn how to care for your bees. To help educate people about bees, Charlotte has published a step-by-step guide to becoming a successful bee-keeper, with over 500 tips for keeping bees, harvesting honey & crafting with beeswax! Buzz into Beekeeping gives you the exact beginner bee-keeper information that you need to start your bee-keeping experience in the right way.

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For over 150 years, Dadant and Sons has produced and sold the best beekeeping supplies & equipment available to beekeepers throughout the world. Whether you’re an experienced beekeeper or a new hobbyist, we can provide you with the proper equipment and information you need to be a successful beekeeper. The Dadant family has been interested in beekeeping for over 180 years. The founder, Charles Dadant, was born in 1817 in Vaux-Sous-Aubigny, a small village in eastern France, the second of seven children born to a small village doctor. He became interested in bees as he helped a neighboring priest remove honey from straw skeps at the early age of 12. Disillusioned with the business possibilities in France, he decided to accept an invitation of an old friend Mr. Marlot, then of Basco, IL, to come grow Champagne grapes and raise bees. In 1863, at the age of 46, he emigrated from France to America and settled in Hamilton, Illinois. The growing of grapes here did not prove to be lucrative, so he abandoned them in favor of honey bees. By the end of the Civil War, Charles had nine colonies of honeybees, and traveled with his young son, C.P. Dadant across the Mississippi River to sell honey and beeswax in a neighboring town. His interest in making quality candles grew from his love and knowledge of beekeeping. Charles was once the largest producer of extracted honey in America as well as one of the first to import queen bees from Italy on a large scale as he was unhappy with the common black or German bees he found here. He began a series of experiments on the size of hives and wrote a great deal on the large hive that appeared in both American and European journals. In 1872, he was offered the editorship of The American Bee Journal, but refused because of his unfamiliarity with the English language. He learned to read the New York Tribune by digging at the words one at a time with a pocket dictionary so that he could then translate it back into French for his wife. Charles was a dreamer, a man with ideas and determination. He was the experimenter who became more widely known abroad than in his adopted country. With the recent addition of Gabe Dadant (6th generation) and Matt Ross (7th generation) to the company, the family tradition will continue well into the future. Both of these young men are learning the different aspects of running the business. The company continues to remain the largest manufacturer of beekeeping supplies and is still a believer that “it pays to furnish good goods.”

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National Honey Board is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that educates consumers about the benefits and uses of honey and honey products. Their research, marketing, and promotional programs are funded by an assessment of domestic and imported honey and are designed to increase awareness and usage of honey by consumers, the food service industry, and food manufacturers. To achieve their goals, they fund research projects designed to find new and improved uses for honey in foods and other products. They offer consumers honey information through recipes and photographs of honey-serving ideas that are provided to newspaper and magazine editors across the country. National Honey Board provide information for special honey and beekeeping stories that appear in newspapers, the internet, and on radio and television stations. They provide honey merchandising materials to honey industry producers-packers, retailers, the food service industry, and honey handlers. Also, they fund research projects to find ways to maintain the health of honey bee colonies and, they fund programs to educate chefs on the uses of honey. The National Honey Board began in the mid-1980s when a group of honey producers and other industry representatives got together to discuss a powerful new idea: What would happen if they pooled their resources to work to spread the word about honey? By working together, they theorized, the industry could advertise, conduct research, and promote honey in ways that were simply too costly and time-consuming without a cooperative effort. The original National Honey Board was authorized by an Act of Congress and established under the rules and regulations of a subsequent Federal Order. The Board began operation in early 1987. In April 2008, the first handlers and importers of honey and honey products voted to approve a new national honey packers and importers program. The vote was taken in a referendum conducted by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Operations of the previous Honey Board were picked up by this new program and the name National Honey Board was kept. The Board is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 and was established under the rules and regulations of the Honey Packers and Importers Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order that was published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2008. The Board's programs are administered under USDA supervision.

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Bee Better Certified™ works to give bees a healthy place to live. Bee Better Certified™ partners with farmers and food companies to conserve bees and other pollinators in agricultural lands. Our work advances more resilient pollinator populations and sustainable crop production. The Bee Better Certified seal identifies and celebrates farmers and businesses that adopt farm management practices that support pollinators, and gives consumers confidence that their purchasing decisions benefit pollinators and the farmers working to protect them. The Xerces Society and Oregon Tilth joined forces to create and implement the Bee Better certification program. The Xerces Society provided the technical expertise and scientific foundation necessary to identify key factors that farmers can alter to benefit pollinators. With over 40 years of certification experience consulted on the development and implementation of the Bee Better Certified Standards, which allow farmers to get certified with ease. Without bees we wouldn’t have the abundance of apples, pumpkins, strawberries, blueberries, or almonds that we enjoy. Of the foods and beverages that we consume daily, over 30% rely on or benefit from a pollinator.1 Pollinators even help milk production: the alfalfa and clover cows graze is replenished by seed pollinated by bees. Pollinator populations rebound when they are provided with habitat13–16 and protected from other threats. To promote pollinators on farms, The Xerces Society developed a comprehensive set of Production Standards guided by the most recent science and rooted in over a decade of on-farm trials. Bee Better Certified farmers create flower-rich habitat, provide nesting locations, and create a safer environment for pollinators by protecting them from pesticide exposure and the spread of disease from commercially managed bumble bees. By buying Bee Better Certified products, you can help transform our farmland into a landscape that nourishes pollinator populations, providing vibrant habitats that help pollinators thrive while making agriculture more resilient.

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The Magazine of American Beekeeping, is designed for Beginning, Sideline and Commercial Beekeepers who want the latest information on keeping bees. A small division of Root Candles, Bee Culture Magazine has been published by this company for nearly 140 years as a part of the now retired beekeeping supply business the company was once in. Now, they manufacture candles... and publish our magazine. Editor of Bee Culture magazine, Jerry Hayes, started out in life as a High School teacher. He hated it. He went into another business where he worked with a beekeeper. Back many years ago, Jerry knew about Honey Bees, but nobody actually knew a ‘Beekeeper’, did they? Jerry asked him questions, picked his brain, became more interested and fascinated and started reading everything he could get his hands on about Honey Bees. He turned into the consummate backyard beekeeper. He did all the fun and crazy things backyard beekeepers do and built and experimented with. He wondered if he could get into the Beekeeping world and support a young family. So, with the support of his family, he went back to school under the tutelage of Dr. Jim Tew, at The Ohio State University. “Top 10 Best thing I ever did,” Jerry said. Years later he looks back on his opportunities as a Research Technician at the USDA/ARS Baton Rouge Bee Lab, Dadant and Sons Regional Mgr., Dadant And Sons New Product Dev., and AR Mgr., Chief of the Apiary Section for the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Monsanto Honey Bee Lead, VP. of Vita Bee health North America and now Editor of Bee Culture magazine with awe and amazement. Add to the above the Classroom Q&A Column of the American Bee Journal for almost 40 years, the ‘Classroom’ Book, Author or Co-Author on 23 research papers and a variety of Honey Bee related articles in a variety of publications. Plus, Past President of Apiary Inspectors of America, Heartland Apiculture Assoc., Colony Collapse Working Group, CAPS Science Advisor, PAm Science Advisor, AHPA Science Advisor and many Professional Presentations internationally and media opportunities. Emma Wadel is a recent graduate of Kent State University with a BFA in Visual Communication and Design and a minor in User Experience Design. All of that is fancy talk for graphic design. She has recently come onboard to help with all elements of design and a bit of customer service. So far, she’s taken over the website and all the content updates and is now the graphic designer behind the magazine. Even though her main job is design, with such a small team she’s doing a little bit of everything. If you have any questions or concerns about either the magazine or the website, she’s the person to contact! Jen Manis comes from a well-rounded background in the retail industry, having served many roles from customer service lead, to visual merchandising, to marketing. She earned her BA in psychology from Kent State University, and an AAS in graphic arts and photography from Stark State College. Her diverse background and interests make her well prepared for her many different roles she plays at Bee Culture Magazine, including customer service and advertising.

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Two Queen Bees promoting Honeybees, while educating and building a network of urban beehives throughout the city of Detroit! Since 2010, Bees in the D founder, Brian Peterson-Roest, has been a hobbyist beekeeper and has come to realise that bees are one of the most amazing creatures on this Earth. He has stated that, we need to act now, for if we do not, they will be on the brink of extinction, having a devastating impact globally. He would like to see Detroit become a national leader in the conservation of pollinators and promotion of urban beekeeping. Bees in the D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a cooperative effort between residents, schools, organizations, and businesses in the city of Detroit and Southeast Michigan to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and native pollinators, and the education of their importance to our environment. Bees in the D is creating a community wide effort to educate on the importance of pollinators and honeybees by engaging guests with hands-on beehive tours. They are revitalizing vacant lots in the Core City neighbourhood of Detroit by building the Michigan Pollinator Centre and Botanical Gardens. They placed their first 6 hives in 2016, and grew to over 200 hives in 2021! They maintain an apiary at Oakland University, University of Detroit, and MLK High School to educate about honeybees and their conservation. They have Installed 4 hives and an interactive live honeybee exhibit at the DNR Outdoor Adventure centre. They advise ordinances in favour of beekeeping within city and urban communities, they organize honey harvests to engage the public and educate about the process. Bees in the D uses state of the art Hive Tracks Software to compile data and reports for clients and data compiled for the betterment of beekeeping globally. They are working together to make Detroit the best it can BEE! By partnering with local businesses to use their honey in their products, placing hives within community gardens to increase crop yields for enjoyment of the community. They brought back the beekeeping patch to Girl scouts of S.E Michigan, and act as Ambassadors with The Bee Conservancy and other pollinator groups. Bees in the D, presents and educates neighbourhood groups to ease misconceptions, they work with local children's groups, boy-scouts, and girl-scouts, and hold interactive presentations at nature centres about gardens, beekeeping, and other pollinators.

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BeekeeperFacts is owned and operated by EcomEagle. The author Joe has always loved beekeeping and wanted to learn more about this charming activity. He decided to finally take the plunge and learn everything he possibly could and share that information with you. From writing about how to setup hives, caring for your honeybees and extracting honey, I strive to share my experiences and answer any questions you may have.

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Thank you for your interest in beekeeping. We are David and Sheri Burns and we operate a beekeeping business in east central Illinois. As a family business, we believe we can give you the personal touch you need to become a successful beekeeper. We started beekeeping in 1994 and began building beekeeping equipment in 2005. We live down a long lane, and thus was born Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. Beekeeping is our love and passion and livelihood. We enjoy helping others get started in beekeeping. David began beekeeping in 1994 after hiving a swarm from a fallen tree. After moving those hives from Ohio to Illinois, the hives were lost due to mites, and the yard had to be started all over again. In the beginning, the Burns family just sold honey, but as time went on and the yard became bigger, the Burns family began building their own hives and selling them to other beekeepers. Knowing that the success of beekeepers was all dependent upon education, David began blogging and uploading videos to YouTube. In order to make sure beekeepers had the best and latest of scientific information on bees and beekeeping, David took several years to become a Certified Master Beekeeper. A graduate of Lincoln Christian University, and now a Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apicultural Society since 2010, workshops on beekeeping are taught all year at the Training Center in Fairmount, IL. He also has a mentorship program, talks throughout the country at beekeeping association meetings, and heard frequently on radio shows and podcasts. He is also a competitive sportsman and competes throughout the US. Sheri is a former teacher who joined the business in 2008. A graduate of Lincoln Christian University with a degree in business management, she does just that - manages the business and customer service and can often be heard on podcasts with David. While she has staff in the office that helps her, she often prefers to talk to customers on the phone herself to make sure they get exactly the help that they need. In her spare time, Sheri raises and teaches their one child still at home, takes care of chickens and gardens, sings in a community choir, and likes nothing better than to hang out with her grandchildren or read a book. David and Sheri are the authors of the book Backyard Beekeeping - Everything You Need to Know to Start Your First Hive, available everywhere 7/20. Buy your bees and equipment before every one beats you to it. We know you can run off to a big box store to buy your beekeeping supplies, but we are a small, American hard-working family that would appreciate your business. Thank you for your support. We support our customers with expert advice, not myths and opinions. Some beekeepers and clubs are private and keep information close to their chest. You've probably met beekeepers who will not help you. We are here to help and as you can see throughout our site, videos and podcast, we freely share information that will help you become a better beekeeper. We hope you'll show your appreciation by purchasing your equipment from us, which enables us to stay in business. We have become known for our amazing beekeeping courses and our really fun and highly informative online beekeeping courses. We introduce thousands of new beekeepers to beekeeping each year through our thorough, yet simple to understand beekeeping lessons, which are available online and in person at our training center. Our goal is to provide the best urban and basic rural beekeeping materials possible at an affordable price. We manufacture all hive components and ship to all 50 states. When you purchase from us, not only does it allow us to live out our dream of making a living from beekeeping, but it allows us to continue to work hard at helping more and more people start beekeeping. We need more backyard beekeepers to help save the honey bee. David is a certified Master Beekeeper of the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America. Beginning beekeepers call us from around the country asking for advice and opinions. It is such a joy for us to see more and more people become involved as beekeepers!

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Since our humble beginnings in 1975, we have been dedicated to bringing our customers the highest quality ingredients possible. Though we are no longer operating from our family garage as we were in those days, our commitment to serving our customers remains the same. Now in our second generation of leadership, our family-owned and operated business strives to be the preferred partner of high-quality natural and organic ingredients in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, while using our business as a force for good. GloryBee is built upon a foundation consisting of a belief in God and educating people about healthy living. Our mission is to provide high quality, ethically sourced ingredients that nourish people and the planet. Our unique relationship with you is why we exist. A healthy world where bees and people thrive. With over 45 years of experience in the natural foods industry, we have been supplying natural and organic ingredients to Pacific Northwest natural food manufacturers, bakeries, and shops for decades. It’s likely that you’ve enjoyed our ingredients in your favorite natural and organic prepared foods and restaurant meals! You may even have a jar of our honey, coconut oil or natural sweetener in your pantry at home. GloryBee is committed to providing ingredients for a healthy, natural life. We pledge to never compromise the quality of our ingredients, and we don’t stop there! We are also committed to the health of our planet through our SAVE the BEE initiative. It's vitally important to us that GloryBee is a force for good. As a certified B Corporation, we are keeping ourselves accountable towards our goal of being a leader in sustainability and healthy living.

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Most people have no idea how amazing and magnificent bees are, or how important bees are to our survival on this planet. Most of us lack the knowledge and guidance about how to coexist with bees, and the simple things we can all do to share our environment safely with these darling little creatures. Bee Mission focuses on outreach and education by investing in powerful and informative content, paid traffic which spreads awareness and converts new Bee Missionaries every day, and supporting front line organizations through outreach and by providing financial support to those that actively affect global bee populations in a meaningful way. They are completely self-funded. Your support, whether by sharing an informative blog post or through a purchase, allows them to continue doing what they do. Bee Mission learns something new about bees daily, and want to share with the world how brilliant, intelligent and amazing bees truly are. A lot of people know bees are pollinators, but few people know their quirks, sophisticated social structures, or how gifted they are in mathematical and geometric calculations. Bees face real threats all over the world, many of which are not fully understood or explained. This lack of understanding slows progress and solutions. The more people relate to and understand bees, the more important the bee-cause becomes. They believe they can support these amazing creatures by raising awareness and helping endear them more to the masses. Food shortages have long been predicted if we continue to lose colonies of our hardworking little pollinator friends. Bee Mission is 100% self-funded, and they do not accept donations. Bee Mission has been built around a philosophy of serving bees through the creation of engaging information, building a following of fellow Bee Missionaries, and supporting frontline organizations they see as making a difference. All of their content is created in-house, through thorough research, and deployed free of cost through their blog, with materials published on and available for free on Apple Books and Amazon (except where Amazon requires a minimum price), social media, and through their email list. In 2019 Bee Mission reached over 61,000,000 people. Through your support, they have raised awareness about how special and brilliant bees are, and they would like to have an even greater impact in the future. The hive thrives because bees work together. When you make a purchase from their store, or write in to them with amazing bee stories, or even simply share their content, we are all working together to positively impact global bee populations. They have a lot of goals to bring to fruition, these include partnering with select organizations with whom they can create unique products that directly benefit the organization on a per-sale basis, as well as giving these organizations a voice to speak directly with their 145,000+ followers. They are developing free resources specifically for kids. The younger generation needs to understand bees, understand that they are not to be feared, and they are creating more free content that should engage the younger generations, leaving them with fun experiences and a new-found appreciation for bees. At Bee Mission, one of the biggest parts of their mission is to provide valuable educational information to the general public in an effort to help raise awareness for these incredible creatures & their importance to this planet.

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BGO (the Bee Girl Organization) is a grassroots non-profit, centred on bee habitat conservation through research, regeneration, & education. They envision a future where kids frolic in pastures of flowers, buzzing with bees, alongside profitable family farmers and ranchers. Through their research projects and education programs they are regenerating soil, bees, and communities. Organization founder, Sarah “Bee Girl” Red-Laird, leads a team to show kids, bee-keepers, and farmers how to love their bees through classes, events, summer camps, and habitat projects. The team engages with communities across the nation, and the globe, spreading knowledge and bringing a sense of wonder from the hive to the people. Sarah Red-Laird is a graduate of the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation and the Davidson Honours College with a degree in Resource Conservation, focused on community collaboration and environmental policy. Sarah also serves as the “Kids and Bees” program director for the American Bee-keeping Federation. To see her commitment to good policy and community collaborations realized, she also has served as president of the Northwest Farmer's Union and Western Apicultural Society, and as a board member of the National Farmers Union. At the 2015 Northwest Farmers Union Conference, Sarah became inspired to work with farming and ranching friends to find the best possible "win-win-win" solutions for farmers and ranchers, and bees and bee-keepers. This journey led to regenerative agriculture, and the understanding that rebuilding soil is the first step to healthy bees, livestock, and people. The “Regenerative Bee Pasture” project is a multifaceted initiative comprised of research, technical discovery, and community education. They are working hard to develop a low maintenance and inexpensive flower-rich "regenerative bee pasture" for ranchers to both substitute for chemical fallow, and to interplant in pasture for an environmentally and economically improved area for farmers and ranchers to harvest or graze. They also hope to provide a strong nectar flow to feed bees and provide a honey crop for bee-keepers. The Bee Girl organization manages and tests two pasture test plots, and one working pasture, with the guidance and partnership of their collaborators at Diamond Bar Beef, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, Oregon State University (honey bee lab, and local extension), and the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District. They analyse bee, soil, pollen, and plant material chemistry, biology, and microbiology. They aim to develop a hardy pasture mix and land management system that can rebuild soil, restore water cycles, sequester carbon, provide high levels of protein for livestock, and also abundant nectar and nutrient-rich pollen for bees. As part of this project, they are experimenting with innovative farming and ranching equipment and methods to improve soil such as rotational and adaptive grazing, no-till seed drilling, and roller crimping. After the research and development phase, they plan to create and implement educational programming for site prep, planting, irrigation, and harvest or grazing, to maximize benefits for bees, bee-keepers, and farmers and ranchers. With the Regenerative Bee Pasture project, they are exploring ways to increase community resiliency through diversity on multiple levels - microbial diversity (bee gut, soil, and pollen), bee species diversity, ecological landscape diversity, food system decentralization, and perhaps most importantly, exploring the human connection to our own minds to increase inner-resilience for the greater good of all. The “Bee Friendly Vineyards” pilot program began in April of 2019. With the help of their squad of volunteers, they launched their program by planting 1,800-square-feet of Siskiyou Seeds sunflowers on a plot of previously unused land at a local vineyard. Their sunflower plot attracted bees, provided vital habitat to pollinators and other beneficial insects, and stabilized and built soil. Recent studies have indicated that sunflowers increase bees’ resistance to pathogens and parasites. Bees provide one out of every three bites of food that we eat. No bees, no food, no us. It's also a commonly known fact that our bees are in trouble. Annual losses of honey bee colonies are in the tens of thousands. Solitary and bumble bees at are being lost at unsustainable rates. It will be up to the next generation to not only understand their importance, but to take action in their conservation. Their “Kids and Bees” program teaches kids, in a positive and engaging way, why bees are essential to everyday life and how the kids can be honey bee heroes. The mission of the Kids and Bees program is to educate the next generation on the importance of bees and to inspire them to take part in their preservation and conservation.

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AI and bees BeeHero has developed a monitoring system to help maintain bee colony health; another start-up, BEEsharing, runs a pollination service, matching up bee-keepers and farmers. Such innovative ventures are needed in the face of mass bee death worldwide. Generations Of Bee-keeping and Innovation at Work BeeHero was founded by a team of veteran bee-keepers, serial entrepreneurs, renowned biologists, and data scientists to ensure that everyone wins: farmers, bee-keepers, and nature. 70% of crops worldwide rely on bees, whose increasing mortality rate, coupled with colony collapse disorder, puts financial strain on farmers and bee-keepers. This makes it harder to feed an exponentially growing global population. They built their cutting-edge platform and low-cost sensors to provide frictionless setup and operation for bee-keepers and achieving their goal: increasing crop yield and quality while enhancing pollinator health. BeeHero maximizes crop yields through precision pollination, combining sophisticated machine learning algorithms with low-cost sensors to stimulate maximum output potential during peak pollination cycles. Headquartered in California with research and development in Israel, their team of commercial bee-keepers and food growers, engineers and entrepreneurs, and industry-renowned scientists work around the globe and around the clock to maximize every pollination cycle.

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Our Mission is hives before honey. Texas Beeworks is in the business of helping bees and beekeepers thrive. We focus on the health and wellness of the hive, and we manage every Texas Beeworks colony with the mission of maintaining a healthy honeybee population. Our goal is to increase the bee population by placing and maintaining hives across the Lone Star State and by raising awareness about honeybees through education, advocacy, and public outreach. Texas Beeworks offers hive placement and management services, beekeeping classes and education, private lessons for new beekeepers, live bee removals, and more. Texas Beeworks is the most recognized name in bee removals in Texas, and we proudly offer low-cost, bee-friendly, chemical-free honey bee removals in Austin and surrounding areas. Our bee removal work has been featured on CNN, the BBC, on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Ellen Show and more! In most cases, we are able to remove the bees that same day or schedule a time that works for you. Every bee removal is different, but our bee removal plan is always based around what will be the best for the safety of the people who use the space, the general public, and the health and wellness of the colony. Unlike many bee removal companies, we never use a vacuum to remove bees from their hive. And after we remove the bees, they are relocated to one our 25+ bee sanctuaries in the Austin area so that the bees can continue their important work in a place that is both safer for you and for them.

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The Honeybee Conservancy was founded in 2009 by Guillermo Fernandez in response to the news that bees across the globe were in crisis. In fall of 2020, The Honeybee Conservancy relaunched as The Bee Conservancy to better capture our work protecting all bees and securing environmental and food justice through education, research, habitat creation, and advocacy. As a child immigrant from Cuba, Guillermo grew up in a crowded, multi-ethnic urban area where one-third of the community lived in poverty. His neighborhood, like so many others, was a food desert; fresh fruit and vegetables were near impossible to find, supermarkets stocked mostly processed food, and local restaurants were all fast food chains. There was little-to-no green space, just concrete as far as the eye could see, and the community suffered from rampant health issues that were the result of poor nutrition and degraded environment. Decades later, Guillermo started The Bee Conservancy for two reasons. First, he wanted to help save the bees, who pollinate 1 in 3 bites of food we eat and are vital to healthy ecology. Second, he hoped to find ways to empower underserved communities like the one he grew up in to produce healthy food and build green spaces. Our initiatives, such as our flagship program Sponsor-a-Hive, have served hundreds of thousands of people across the United States, and protected an estimated 10 million bees to date.

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We are a group of scientists from various university departments and agricultural experiment stations, and collectively we share expertise in insect pollinators, pest management, analytical chemistry, and economics. We’ve come together on a five-year research project to help environmental horticulture growers navigate how to manage insect and mite pests while protecting bees. We also have a group of stakeholders who act as an advisory board for our research. Our stakeholders include beekeepers, garden associations, crop protection companies, nurseries, a government agency, and non-profits. This website is a place to communicate updates and findings from our research project, as well as a place to provide additional materials for growers and the wider public.

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John Baxter, Operation Honey Bee founder has a long history in the mattress industry where he was able to disrupt the industry through online marketing and advertising over the last 18 years. After helping create 13 successful multi million dollar startups, John was able to shift his focus to other passions including creating situation that would help foster change and help the future of the world. This includes creating a mattress called the Anti Aging Bed that is set to change the entire category of sleep. John is a capable visionary, a health and wellness advocate, and has focused on creating "bee safe" products and pushing for safe crop sciences. John was Fox News Carolina's bee guru, a bee keeper, natural health and sleep advocate, martial arts who created the Bee style Tai Chi, a patented inventor and serial entrepreneur. Also he helped create more bee awareness than any other bee non profit worldwide with over a billion impressions with the help of a Disney company. John wanted to create a conscious movement that was much larger than himself. His calling was saving the bees, he witnessed the saddest event in his life, watching the death of bees due to Pesticides and Herbicides on his property. He understands how industry works, he was able to beat single handily a billion dollar corporation in Federal court, and successfully settle with another. His fight is to make industries change for the better and create a more sustainable environment for future generations. All these events changed his life and his outlook of connecting the world through bees. He is here to inspire others to foster lasting change. At Operation Honey Bee it is our mission to promote and advocate for sustainable agricultural practices that reduce the multi-layered geopathic stress that kills bees. Advocating for quick and positive change from corporations whose practices kill bees. Our ultimate goal is to stop the extinction and restore the sacred pollinator of our foods. The Honey Bee is most important animal for human life on this planet, we must act now!

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Let our founder, Mikaila, explain the origin of Me & the Bees Lemonade: When I was just four, I got stung by a bee and then got stung again less than a week later! Naturally, I didn't enjoy the bee stings at all and I became scared of bees. But then after doing some research about them, I became fascinated and learned all about what they do for me and our ecosystem. Around that same time, my family encouraged me to make a product for a couple of children's business competitions - the Acton Children’s Business Fair and Austin Lemonade Day. So I put on my thinking cap. I thought about some ideas. While I was thinking, my Great Granny Helen, who lived in Cameron, South Carolina, sent my family a 1940s cookbook, which included her special recipe for flaxseed lemonade. So then I thought, what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen's lemonade recipe? I decided to give her beloved lemonade a new twist by adding honey from bees, instead of only sugar. That's how Be Sweet Lemonade was born! However, we had to change the name due to a copyright issue, so we decided to call it Me & the Bees Lemonade because we give a percentage of sales to help save the bees. We are now celebrating more than 10 years in “buzzness!” Mikaila started her lemonade at youth entrepreneurial events and at her lemonade stand out in front of her home, donating a percentage of the profits to local and international organizations fighting hard to save the honeybees. That is why she touts: “Buy a Bottle… Save a Bee.” Now at age 15, her little idea from more than 10 years ago continues to grow and grow...by more than 500 percent since the company’s humble Austin, Texas-based beginnings. Today, the award-winning, ready-to-drink Me & the Bees Lemonades in five refreshing flavors is buzzing off the shelves of Whole Foods Market, The Fresh Market, World Market, H-E-B stores across Texas and Kroger stores in Houston. It is also available at a growing number of restaurants, food trailers and natural food delivery companies. When not traveling for speaking events to share her stories of being a social entrepreneur, leading workshops on how to save the bees, or participating in social entrepreneurship panels, you can find Mikaila coming up with ideas to help the Healthy Hive Foundation, a nonprofit to further help the mission of saving the pollinators.

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Mann Lake Ltd. is the leader in quality manufacturing, innovation, and customer service in the beekeeping industry. Whether you are just starting out in the world of beekeeping or run a full-scale, commercial beekeeping business, we have all of the top-of-the-line products and services you require. Mann Lake is at the forefront of the ever-changing beekeeping industry. Throughout the challenges that have arisen, Mann Lake has met them head-on to ensure the survival of the honeybee for all. Regardless of the number of hives you keep, we at Mann Lake have the same goal in mind as you... to keep this natural pollinator flourishing. Jack and Betty Thomas started Mann Lake Ltd. in 1983 because they couldn't find the quality beekeeping supplies they needed for their own beekeeping hobby. They began selling supplies out of their garage but quickly found a lot of other beekeepers were under-served as well. Realizing the need was bigger than their garage, they moved the business from their home to downtown Hackensack. Since then, we’ve expanded to California, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Kentucky and Oregon. The Mann Lake family continues to grow to better serve its customers with the addition of Kelley Beekeeping out of Kentucky. We are proud to offer not only another location for Mann Lake customers to shop but to include the great traditions and products of Kelley Beekeeping into our family. We’ve also branched out into the exciting world of poultry to provide you both with the knowledge and products of both the birds and the bees! Mann Lake acquired Stromberg’s Chicks & Gamebirds to offer the latest and greatest birds, poultry products and feeds on the market today. Stromberg’s is also a Minnesota based company with a history expanding 100 years!

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New York Bee Sanctuary protects the bees of New York State and across the US through Conservation, Advocacy, Research, and Education. Honey bees and wild pollinators exert a profound influence on the health of our local ecology and farm communities. By pollinating flowers they enrich the biodiversity and stability of ecosystems. Bees are some of Earth's most important organisms, yet they are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, herbicides and disease. New York Bee Sanctuary protects bees while helping while helping individuals, institutions, parks and cities connect with their environment.We are building a wildlife sanctuary for honey bees and pollinators in New York State, with programs to promote conservation of our vital insect friends all across the US.

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Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C) is a registered charity dedicated to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems through conservation, education, and research. Our eco-regional planting guides, Selecting Plants for Pollinators, are tailored to specific areas of Canada. Whether you are a farmer of many acres, land manager of a large tract of land, or a gardener with a small lot, you can increase the number of pollinators in your area by making conscious choices to include plants that provide essential habitat for pollinators. To make this program more widely accessible across Canada, we are currently developing the Pollinator Steward Certification training so that trainees can take it online! Our Bee Friendly Farming (BFF) programs recognize, engage, and support BFF participants and pollinators everywhere. The BFF program has three categories that allow for engagement with all participants in pollinator conservation while addressing their landscape goals: Bee Friendly Farming CERTIFIED, Bee Friendly Farming PARTNER, and Bee Friendly Farming GARDEN. Our Bee Smart™ School Garden and Curriculum Kit is a great tool to teach your students about the importance of pollinators and how they are connected to our food and environment!

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When it was first launched, this website was a joint project between Pesticide Action Network and Beyond Pesticides. The site — originally made possible by funding from the CERES Foundation — was part of our collective campaign to support bees and other pollinators being harmed by commonly used pesticides. While our collaborative work continues, this site is now solely operated by PAN. At Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America, we work to create a just, thriving food system. For too long, pesticide and biotech corporations have dictated how we grow food, placing the health and economic burdens of pesticide use on farmers, beekeepers, farmworkers and rural communities. PAN works with those on the frontlines to tackle the pesticide problem — and reclaim the future of food and farming. Bees are in real trouble. In combination with other factors like habitat loss and disease, industrial agriculture’s heavy reliance on pesticides — particularly neonicotinoids — has contributed to dramatic declines in pollinator populations. Since 2006, commercial beekeepers have reported average annual losses of 29% – 45 %, with some losses up to 100%. This is unprecedented. While federal policymakers remain stuck on this issue, local communities have been stepping up to support bees and other pollinators. Across the country, people are creating pesticide-free “honey bee havens” with ample pollinator habitat and access to fresh water. From backyards to neighborhoods and cities, each haven helps protect the pollinators responsible for one in three bites of food we eat.

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Built on land purchased in 2017 in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, New England Beekeeping Supplies, Inc moved into the self-designed, one of a kind facility called The Colony on April 1st, 2019. After running their business from their home garage for 13 years, Rick and Sue Reault opened The Colony. The Colony is home to their family of companies, New England Beekeeping Supplies, Carlisle Honey and now Honeybound Meadery. Their facility continues the 300-year-old tradition of Agriculture on the last parcel of land from the original Thompson Farm started in the early 1700s. The Colony purchased the parcel from the Richardson Family who ran a Dairy Farm from the 1940s to the 1980s. The Colony offers a unique and one of a kind experience with any visit. It is a Beekeeping Facility unlike any other Beekeeping Businesses in the Country. Whether you are a beekeeper looking for support in managing your bees, a honey consumer wanting a variety of honey choices or a person looking for a bottle of mead, the oldest fermented beverage known to man, The Colony is a must visit!

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The American Bee Journal was established in 1861 by Samuel Wagner and has been published continuously since that time, except for a brief period during the Civil War. The Journal has the honor of being the oldest English language beekeeping publication in the world. Today, Dadant and Sons has the privilege of publishing the American Bee Journal for subscribers throughout the world. Readership is concentrated among hobby and commercial beekeepers, bee supply dealers, queen breeders, package-bee shippers, honey packers, and entomologists. The Classroom Department of the American Bee Journal has been a popular place for beekeepers of all levels of experience and interest to exchange questions, answers, ideas, comments and opinions for years. Beekeeping questions of all kinds, regardless of experience levels, are solicited and encouraged.

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Les abeilles font partie de notre famille depuis 1978, quand Marie-Claude Dupuis et Claude Desrochers font l’acquisition de leur première ruche à Ferme-Neuve dans les Hautes-Laurentides. Au fil des années, ils ont su nous insuffler le désir de reprendre le cheptel familial et de créer les Miels d’Anicet au tournant de l’an 2000. L’aventure pouvait commencer. Qui sommes-nous? Des fous furieux du miel, des artisans de la terre, des épicuriens, des curieux qui considèrent le métier d’apiculteur comme un mélange parfait entre l’entomologie, la biologie et la botanique. Mais encore, un couple qui adore leur métier, les abeilles et la bonne vie en bonne compagnie. Né dans une ruche, Anicet voue un amour profond à cet insecte fantastique et cette science qu’est l’apidologie. Il est aussi habité par le désir de contribuer à la survie des abeilles en renversant naturellement leur taux de mortalité par la sélection et la reproduction de reines rustiques adaptées à leur environnement. Au quotidien, il veille à la santé de nos colonies et fait rayonner son expertise à l’international afin de faire avancer la science apicole. Au-delà du miel qu’elle produit, l’abeille joue un rôle essentiel de pollinisatrice et de gardienne de notre environnement. Habités par un amour indéfectible envers ces gardiennes de notre biodiversité, nous plaçons leur survie au cœur de notre pratique d’apiculture. C’est pourquoi nous explorons les quatre coins de la planète, avides de mille et une découvertes gustatives, soucieux de poser des gestes significatifs et d’acquérir de nouveaux outils de perfectionnement. De retour à Ferme-Neuve, chaque expérience teinte à sa manière notre façon de créer. Élevage de reines avec génétique rustique, production de miels sauvages de grande qualité, développement de produits gourmands et corporels, restauration saisonnière : toutes les occasions sont bonnes pour valoriser les produits de la ruche et faire rayonner la culture du miel au Québec. Bees have been part of our family since 1978, when Marie-Claude Dupuis and Claude Desrochers acquired their first hive at Ferme-Neuve in the Hautes-Laurentides. Over the years, they have instilled in us the desire to take over the family stock and create Miels d'Anicet at the turn of the year 2000. The adventure could begin. Who are we? Mad people mad about honey, artisans of the earth, epicureans, curious people who consider the profession of beekeeper as a perfect mix between entomology, biology and botany. But still, a couple who adore their profession, the bees and the good life in good company. Born in a beehive, Anicet has a deep love for this fantastic insect and the science of apidology. It is also inhabited by the desire to contribute to the survival of bees by naturally reversing their mortality rate through the selection and reproduction of hardy queens adapted to their environment. On a daily basis, he ensures the health of our colonies and promotes his expertise internationally in order to advance beekeeping science. Beyond the honey it produces, the bee plays an essential role of pollinator and guardian of our environment. Inhabited by an unwavering love for these guardians of our biodiversity, we place their survival at the heart of our beekeeping practice. This is why we explore the four corners of the planet, eager for a thousand and one taste discoveries, anxious to take meaningful action and acquire new development tools. Back at Ferme-Neuve, each experience tints our way of creating in its own way. Queen breeding with rustic genetics, production of high quality wild honeys, development of gourmet and bodily products, seasonal catering: all occasions are good to promote beehive products and promote the culture of honey in Quebec.

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