Posted on March 01 2018
Our Hive & Home collection was inspired by the natural world and the preservation of our bee pollinators. It’s a project we are so excited to bring to you and one that we hope can inspire action. With every blanket you purchase, gift, and snuggle beneath, we hope to spread awareness that the bees need help and that there are actions big and small that we can all take to keep them safe and comfortable.
Did you know?
According to the National Resources Conservation Service, animal pollinators are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one-third of human food crops!
Pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, birds, and bats. We all benefit from the work of pollinators; they help us grow our food and keep our natural landscapes thriving and healthy.
Here in western Massachusetts, a local farmer we know was approached by a beekeeper with a request to add some of his bee atriums on the farm. Our farmer friend agreed and was surprised to see a notable increase in crop production that same season! Nothing else had changed but the introduction of those busy bees.
Four Ways to Help Bees!
Start a Bee Friendly Garden
Plant bee friendly flowers such as Echinacea, Hyacinth, Zinnias, and Goldenrod. No garden? Place a potted plant on a porch or windowsill. Check here to find bee friendly plants and flowers that are local to your region.
Build a Bee Bath
Roaming bees need fresh, clean water. Keep a shallow container of water outside your home with a few stones and twigs to serve as landing pads for the bees. Learn how to build a bee bath here.
Use Natural Fertilizers and Pesticides
The chemicals used on lawns and gardens can poison the environment for pollinators. To prevent this, use natural alternatives to keep pollinators safe and healthy.
Buy Local Honey
Support beekeepers by buying honey made locally. Check out nearby farmer’s markets, CSA farms, and your local grocery store. Check here to find a source for local honey!
While bees will greatly benefit from these actions, the truth is many of our world’s pollinators can too! Contact your local NRCS office to find out how to attract pollinators to your farm, ranch or home.