Feed The Bees: a neighborhood effort to feed – and save – ourselves


After Saturday’s publication in The Vancouver Solar of our new Honey Bee Zen weblog, I acquired a be aware from Ian Tait, an previous Olympics good friend who’s now concerned in an effort to assist bees make it on this robust world of ours. It’s known as Feed The Bees.

Flying bee on lavender

Flying honey bee on lavender

Tait pointed me to this cooperative effort by the Delta Chamber of Commerce and Earthwise Society to advertise the planting of bee-friendly flowers and vegetation. The trouble is in direct response to the peril bees face due to the lack of sources of nectar and pollen, and the results of agricultural and beauty pesticides.

Tait is the positioning’s webmaster (and likewise a consumate communicator) and he has assembled a highly effective set of sources for gardeners, farmers and the general public at giant who wish to know the best way to assist enhance the well being of bees by planting bee-friendly crops. That is no idle want, both.

“The declining bee inhabitants is a priority to each one in every of us. One out of each three spoonfuls of meals folks eat is determined by a bee or a pollinator,” Tait stated.

The curiosity in Feed The Bees is widespread; Tait stated they’ve acquired consideration from the Royal Horticultural Society in England as nicely Nationwide Geographic and the Xerces Society. On July 11 supporters of Feed The Bees will seem earlier than Delta municipal council in search of endorsement. The company, like many in Metro Vancouver, has adopted stringent guidelines round the usage of pesticides. However training about the necessity to encourage the planting of bee-friendly flowers, crops and forage continues to be mandatory.

On Wednesday night Earthwise Society – a 30-year-old natural farm – is holding a fundraiser for Feed The Bees. Mockingly, the dwell music is courtesy of “For The Birds.”

The band options three of B.C.’s singer-songwriters, Aspen Switzer, Genevieve Rainev and Elaine Ryan. All have been finalists within the Lilith Native Expertise Search songwriting contest that was a part of trying to find expertise for Sara McLachlan’s 2010 Lilith tour. It begins at 6 p.m. at Earthwise Society, 6400 third Ave in Delta close to Boundary Bay.


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