Happy Earth Day! This year we are working with the Boulder BeeChicas to help save the bees. Why are bees so important? One in every three bites of food we eat is directly dependent on bees, and over 1/3 of the world’s crop production is dependent on bee pollination. If the bee population continues to decline, people across the globe will feel the impact in their diet.
Fortunately there are advocacy groups helping the bees, like the BeeChicas. These women are passionate beekeepers, committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise to promote bees (and all native pollinators) and inspiring people to become stewards of the environment.
The group is very active in their community and hosts many fun and educational events to spread the love for bees. Recent events include:
- A series of beehive building workshops
- Installation of bees in a new hive on the roof of the Boulder Public Library (with a bee monitoring system)
- Workshops to make lip balm, hand salve, beeswax candles, and beeswax sandwich wrap (and teach people of all ages about bees in the process)
- Taught over 300 kids about pollinators at the Bee Boulder Festival
When not leading informational activities, you may find them recovering colonies and saving bees across town – as well as tending to the hives and gardens in their own yards. One of the BeeChica founders, Deborah Foy, says it is simple for all gardeners to do their part. The most important thing is to introduce plants the bees like and never use pesticides. “If we use pesticides, we kill the pollinators, and if we kill the pollinators, we damage our ecosystem.”
What a beautiful and simple way to help the bees: plant flowers. The world would certainly benefit from having a wonderful diversity of bee friendly flowers everywhere. Most spaces could easily accommodate the addition of flowers in window boxes, pots on steps and patios, yards, community spaces, farms, and meadows.
We love these words by Marla Spivak (shared by the BeeChicas): “The small act planting flowers and keeping free of pesticides be the driver of large scale change. Everyone of us needs to behave more like a bee society where all individual actions contribute to a grand solution, much greater than the mere sum of individual actions.”
Even if you don’t have a “green thumb” you can still sprinkle wildflower seeds. Plus, there are fun expressions like “bee lazy in your garden” and “pardon the weeds – I’m saving the bees” because flowering weeds are actually good for the bees! You can also help by purchasing organic produce. This sends a message to farmers and retailers that you don’t want harmful pesticides on your food (or hurting the bees that pollinate your food).
This Earth Day, you too can make a commitment to help the bees! It’s easy to do and will make a tremendous impact. Last but not least, if you are in the Boulder area today, please join us and the BeeChicas at our store to celebrate and learn about bees. We have many fabulous activities planned and would love for you to bee there! #beelove #lovebees