Bringing Back The Bees, 83°

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In December 2007
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North Carolina, United States
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Eliav Bitan, 6 years, 5 months ago

How can I encourage bees in my area? I live in rural/suburban Maine, and am starting an apple orchard behind my house.

Leanne V., 6 years, 4 months ago

Hi Eliav,

Planting bee forage will help. Check out: http://www.ent.uga.edu/bees/Pollination/Plants_Forage.htm

Another thing is to NOT use pesticides or poisons in your home or garden/property. And encourage everyone in your local area to do the same.

If possible, get involved with your local beekeeping community (try Google or the yellow pages, or your Farmer's Market), and ask what you can do there.

Michael W., 6 years, 4 months ago

Great suggestions Leanne, I'll check out the link and see which plants might entice some bee's in my yard! Until then, I will continue to support my local beekeepers at my local farmers market and CSA.

Pamela S., 1 year, 7 months ago

Superb Suggestions! it was great reading your project leanne..

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About This Project 

Because it is becoming harder and harder to see honeybees and wild bees flying around our gardens where they once thrived and after reading a headline in the San Francisco Chronicle that stated BEES ON THEIR KNEES, GARDENERS TO THE RESCUE, we decided to take action.

We are beekeepers, gardeners and city farmers so, why wait to take the lead in a project that helps get closer gardeners, bee people (instructors, beekeepers, associations, bee suppliers) and bees?

As vendors at several Farmers markets of the area, this circumstance gives us the opportunity to chat with a lot of people. Most of our customers that recognize the value of local honey have shown concern about what is happening with honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder, this concern has made them focus on the importance of honeybees as pollinators, not just as honey-makers. See more details at www.bringingbackthebees.org