Does Louie’s positive work inspire you as much as it does us? If so, we have a variety of ways you can take action. We’d love to have you join us!
Looking for more ways to take action to do in your town? Here are a few to consider:
Buy Local and Organic
By far the most powerful way we can help the pollinators is by voting with our forks. The decisions we make about what to eat and what not to eat can shape modern agriculture and bring us back into harmony with the natural systems of life. Buying organic fruits and vegetables brings health and vitality to the dinner tables. To find great prices on organic food try your local farmers market.
Community Supported Agriculture also offers the convenience of home delivered seasonal fresh produce at an amazingly low price! These locally grown foods are the freshest available and also reduce our carbon footprint. These sites all have fantastic information about healthy food that helps you and the bees. Or you can do your own search – try using the Keywords – Local, Organic, CSA, Sustainable and your hometown!
- ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION – their Organic Bytes newsletter is amazing!
- LOCAL HARVEST – Find a Farmer’s Market, Family Farm, or CSA in your area.
- ORGANIC STORE LOCATOR – Find an organic market near you.
Get A Beehive
One amazing way to help bees is to become an amateur beekeeper! It’s so easy even our CEO Scott is doing it. Your garden will appreciate the extra helpers, and the bees will help your local environment beyond your garden flourish. Bees are wonderful to watch and you can get your own honey! To get started you need to get a little equipment, which you can buy or build yourself.
Beekeeping practices vary – but it generally takes about an hour a week through the spring, summer and fall – and then almost nothing over the winter months. From one hive you can get between 20 to 50 pounds of honey. But this varies, depending on the weather. Having your very own honey to share with friends and family is an amazing treat. When you have a beehive – life is sweet! We recommend Organic, Biodynamic and Holistic beekeeping practices.
If you are just starting out, our advice is DO NOT USE PESTICIDES OR ANTIBIOTICS ON YOUR BEES – even though some may recommend it. For more information contact your nearest Beekeeping Association or follow these links:
- BEEKEEPING NATURALLY – Fantastic advice from Organic Beekeeper Michael Bush.
- ORGANIC BEEKEEPING GROUP – You can start discussions and search archived posts to answer all your questions.
Plant A Garden
Growing a garden is easy – you can do it! In addition to being a healthy nurturing pastime, gardening is a fantastic way to help honeybees and your neighborhood thrive. Growing your own vegetables and fruits helps bees, the environment and puts yummy healthy food on your table. Nothing beats the taste of a home grown tomato, or carrot or apple. Planting a fruit tree suited to your climate can yield delicious apples, pears, oranges and other fruits year after year and for free!
Decorative flowers help bees too and brighten up your doorstep. Plant wildflower seeds in your garden, patio pots or window boxes and you will get some friendly fuzzy beautiful bees visiting them. Flowers provide essential nutrition for bees and add the beauty of the bloom to your world. Community gardens provide a great way for folks to have a patch of their own to grow on, and lots of wonderful people with friendly advice.
Follow these links for more info or surf the web and find your own tips about gardening. Think local!
- ORGANIC GARDENING – Information on Organic Pest Control and Gardening.
- AMERICAN COMMUNITY GARDEN ASSOCIATION – Find a Community Garden in Your Area or Start One!
- KITCHEN GARDENERS – Promoting the “Localest” Food of All Globally.
Organic Pest Control
Spraying our lawns and gardens with toxic chemicals is simply not necessary. On top of fundamental gardening practices that reduce pests, there are natural repellants that keep unwanted insects and critters out of the home and garden. And beneficial insects like ladybugs can also help a garden flourish. These holistic methods often work better than conventional pesticides and are almost always less expensive. Working to preserve the health of the bees is also bettering the health of our home and community.
Follow these links for more information: