“One in three bites of our food requires pollination, and honey bees are amazing pollinators. But bees are declining in population because of colony collapse disorder. The bees are like the canary in the coal mine, and they are dying off.” Tami Enright, Executive Director of The Bee Cause Project and Master Beekeeper.
Beekeepers started noticing the disappearance of bees in 2006. They call it Colony Collapse Disorder because the bees were abandoning their hives in mass numbers and never return.
Reasons they're declining:
The Urban Farm has an observation beehive donated by The Bee Cause Project to support our mission of building a healthier community by inspiring people with local, nutritious, and delicious food. On the farm we use integrated pest management and other organic practices rather than harmful pesticides, grow a variety of crops and provide flowers and opportunities for these pollinators to feed year-round and provide education on the importance of bees to the food cycle and encourage visitors to learn about these communal insects.
"MUSC’s hive helps in the push to shift public perception from seeing bees as menacing stingers to critical foragers so that the next generation will less likely reach for that bottle of pesticide. Seeing the bees in the hive goes a long way in helping to reduce fears about bees and is a platform to help visitors see the tie between insects, food and health, especially since most fruits and vegetables rely on pollinators. We have such a bug phobia that we’re spraying and killing everything – butterflies, ladybugs. We’re killing the good things too. There are so many life lessons that can come from slowing down and realizing where our food comes from and all the different spokes on the wheel. It’s all an interconnected web. Bees are as important as sunlight and water when it comes to growing our food.”
Pay it Forward
Schools that receive a honeybee observation hive agree to run an annual fundraiser selling Bee Cause Honey to help pay for the ongoing care of the bee family they have adopted and for the installation of honeybee observation hives at other schools. For every $15 purchase of Bee Cause Honey you buy, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to one of the school hive projects sponsored by The Bee Cause.
The honey that is sold as part of the annual fundraiser is donated by The Savannah Bee Company and is collected from White Holly, Gallberry, a little Saw Tooth Palmetto, or maybe Tulip Poplar. Twelve ounce jars can be purchased at the Farm or by appointment (cash or check made out to The Bee Cause). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org