In a very interesting article, Hawaii has officially declared certain species of bees as endangered. The loss of bees in Hawaii could have a devastating effect on its ecosystem.
Happy Friday everyone!
Here’s a fun little article that, while light-hearted, really shows the impact of the bees in our every day lives.
As we know, the bee population has taken a huge hit over the last couple of years. As mentioned in a previous blog post, not many large corporations have taken notice. That is, until, Honey Nut Cheerios, one of the biggest cereal providers in the country, decided to start a campaign in Canada to plant wildflowers in time for spring. They will be using the hashtag BringBackTheBees as a way to gain awareness of their plight.
We at Bee Champions encourage you to utilize this campaign and use the hashtag between now and July. Let’s do our part in helping to save the bees!
Visit their website here to learn more!
Check out this fascinating video from the NY Times. It really helps to put things into perspective, especially with how monoculture can affect the bee population.
As it appears, Morgan Freeman is an extremely avid beekeeper! One of Hollywood’s top leading men over the last few decades is taking a stand on the declining bee population. Check out his hilarious beekeeping monologue with Jimmy Fallon:
Freeman, who lives in Mississippi, recognizes how essential bees are to our society and way of life, and has converted his 124-acre ranch into a haven for 26 bee colonies. This is significant because there is not a whole lot of attention placed in the dying bee population among the mainstream media. The exception has been – obviously – National Geographic and – surprisingly – Rolling Stone, who did an article about a commercial beekeeper, who had thousands of colonies die off in a single year.
You can read more about Morgan Freeman’s beekeeping obsession here.
Here is a great article about post-winter inspections and determining cause of death within a hive. We will be posting other post-winter content soon.
HVTBA Mission Statement
What our organization is formed to do is provide veterans the setups to start a therapeutic agriculture based hobby in the safety and security of their own backyard. This could be having a bee hive, garden, pond, or a flock of chickens. We will provide the startup “kits” and provide the education and guidance to help make them successful. This can also lead them into a small business of their own by removing unwanted bees, or selling eggs, flowers, fruit, vegetables, and honey at the local farmers markets. All efforts will be made to modify everything to a veteran’s physical disability that is unique to that veteran. Keeping chickens and and having a productive garden is not just for rural living anymore. The movement on urban agriculture is growing fast and is incredibly rewarding, fun, and educational for youth and adults alike.
Our goal for 2016 is to have 3 veterans with their own hive setup, 5 with gardens, and 3 to 4 with small chicken flocks. We are asking for your support in getting that mission accomplished!
We have made it possible for the participants of this organization to purchase our materials at our most generous bulk discount. This way, they will be able to reach more of our wounded veterans, as well as contribute to saving the bees.
We are extremely proud to be serving the veterans of our country, and doing our part in helping to combat the high suicide rates of our nation's defenders. To learn more about the program, visit their website at hvtba.org.
Hello, beekeepers! Welcome to the new Bee Champions! We have made some changes to the way we do things here in order to better serve you. Here are some ways that we have made changes:
1. New Marketing Strategy
Previously, we served you as part of a direct marketing strategy. We have decided to change to a retail approach with wholesale bulk discounts. This is so that we can bring our prices down and better serve you!
Click here for our current prices and bulk discounts.
We have added a forum to the website so that you can ask questions and get responses from our community. We love any questions and queries from beginners and would greatly appreciate contributions from experienced beekeepers.
You can reach our forums here.
We have also make some changes on our video playlists. We will be highlighting our products, as well as having guest beekeepers contribute to training.
3. News Source
As before, we will continue to be a news/information source for beekeeping. We will be doing extensive researching from many different sources and will be posting our findings here on the blog. Watch this space for news.
4. Promotions and Contests
Because of our new pricing format, we have begun to host contests and special promotions. Currently, we have several going on. This will be updated as beekeeping season progresses. You can view them here.
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog posts. Keep watching here for updates.