These 5 gives that help our bees and the planet can be done while you are sheltering in place. Some people around the world are able to leave their homes and start being part of our communities again. Some of us are still helping our communities by staying at home. No matter what your situation is you can complete these gives to the bees and the planet making all of us happy!
Bees come from the earth, return to the earth, and in between they garden. They are unique and important pollinators that have many functions. This is why they keep so busy! If we lose our bees to pesticides, a lack of a bio-diverse landscape and less bee keepers looking after our bees. We can change some of our own habits to help our bees and the planet. These five gives will help if we all do one give to help our planet and the bees we need.
Order local honey online or sponsor a bee hive. Both of these gives will help support local beekeepers who nurture these necessary pollinators. Bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of the food we eat and lie at the heart of countless ecosystems. By sponsoring a bee hive or supporting local beekeepers (just buy some honey) we are maintaining important food sources. Find out how you can sponsor a bee hive as a family or a corporate sponsor. Local communities have sponsor bee hive programs as well, so look for one near you.
Quarantine and shelter in place orders have a great way to learn new things. Our extra time, or time that has been used for other things, has so many people learning more. Your give is to learn what bees actually do, how important they are to our environment and food sources, and how we can help our bees in our local gardens or patio flower boxes. I love bees, and once I truly understand their impact I started giving to the bees every day! We need them! Read one article, dig into a website, find out what bees do for us.
If you are not able to plant a garden at the moment – you might not be able to get seeds or you are in your winter months – plan a bee friendly garden for when you can plant next! Bees need flowers, so the more flowers they have the better they are. Did you know that bees can pollinate over 1000 flowers a day? Now you dont need a one thousand flowers in your garden, but the more flowers they have close by the better off they are. The easiest flower to grow for the bees is sunflowers. These are perfect for a garden or a patio. If you are looking for more bee friendly plants, they love beautifully smelling flowers. This could be honeysuckle, lilacs, or herbs like lavender or mint (let them go to flower). There are way more flowers to help the bees, but this will get you started!
Yes there is a National Pollinator Week celebrated all over the world! There are lots of activities you can do with friends and families during this celebration of not only bees but all of our pollinators – butterflies and hummingbirds to name two pollinators. Check out the Pollinator.org website and see what you can do to participate in this event with activities at home!
Pollination dinners are becoming more popular to celebrate our bees and educate us what food bees make possible. Apples, almonds, cranberries, avocados, melon, squash, cherries, mangoes, chocolate and coffee are all possible due to the bees. Of course honey is a created by bees and should be included somewhere in your dinner. Be creative. Use some of these ingredients in your main dishes, and dessert. Check out these possible menu items.
Not sure why daily giving is important? Check out our Happiness Research that outlines how giving makes you happy, and how that happiness spreads.