We need honeybees to keep our ecosystem balanced. Plants need them too for pollination and survival. They were considered sacred in Egyptian times and their colonies are now in crisis. I just saw the movie “Queen of the Sun” on Friday … not only is it informative but entertaining as well. Check out the trailer at: http://queenofthesun.com.
Large commercials farms plant one crop for acres and acres and miles and miles. Once that crop is harvested, there is nothing for the bees to feed on and they don’t have the energy required to buzz off to another food source. Plus … the MASSIVE spraying of pesticides (done by helicopter or airplane making it easy for the chemicals to drift out of those fields) is adding to their demise. Those very chemicals used to spray the fields are derived from the very same chemicals used to make bombs in the World War II. Can anyone say “Monsanto”???
Did you know there are migrant bee farmers? They are brought in at harvest time (to California’s Central Valley), feed the bees heavy fructose syrup and antibiotics, stack the hives, shrink wrap the hives and tuck them off to the commercial honey plants. How can the poor bees survive shrinking wrapping???
After seeing this movie, I’m so glad I buy my honey at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market from organic beekeepers in Ojai or Fillmore. Tastes better too!
The man who started Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary was at the center of the film. Their mission statement is: ” To promote sustainable and biodynamic beekeeping through education, research and the development of a honeybee sanctuary where people can experience the healing of the land, the honeybees and ultimately the human being. We work to create a biodynamically invigorated landscape in which people, plants and animals create the necessity sheaths of protection and care for all. It is our deep commitment to understand, protect and care for this magnificent, love-imbued, but very vulnerable creature so close to us as human beings.” Learn more at: http://spikenardfarm.org.
I’m an organic gardener and always have been. I strengthen the soil with my own compost, worm castings and the latest treat to come into my garden … 100% Natural Moo Poo Tea. Find out how to use it at: http://manuretea.com. Brew some up and your plants, your soil and the honeybees will thank you too!
The Moo Poo is shown here nested on one of my many beautiful Bromeliads … I’m mildly obsessed with them in the garden these days – so Jurassic Park! They overwinter outdoors here and I’ve been filling up their cups with the brew every month or two. So Annie (Havens Brand herself) …. Shall we meet at my shed or yours for a cup of tea?!
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