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    Thunder Valley Brings Honeybees to the “Good Food” Fight

    Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. adopted a powerful Food Sovereignty Initiative. A hive of honeybees has landed to help Thunder Valley win the “good food” fight. Thunder Valley wants community gardens – organic community gardens; They’re aiming for agricultural self-reliance amid a food desert; They want to teach community youth about sustainable agriculture … Bring on […]

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    Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Honey Bees Feed the Food Desert

    Thumbs up to the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s urban learning farms, where honey bees pollinate the food desert! Cleveland Botanical Garden Turns A Food Desert Into An Urban Farm The term “food desert” describes communities in the United States that lack fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods. These areas spring up in impoverished neighborhoods within cities. Food deserts create a problem […]

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    The Honeybee Conservancy Lesson Plan Library

    Welcome educators, are you looking for lesson plans? Inspired by a love for sustainability and bees, we have created this curated library of free lesson plans, activity sheets and educational materials for you and your students. We hope it inspires you to include information about bees, pollination and sustainability in your classroom. If you would […]

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    Black Locust to Tupelo: 9 honeys made from Trees

    Bees need trees: from Black Locust to Tupelo Did you know that bees make most of their living from trees? Trees such as the Black Locust are major sources of nectar, which honey bees transform into sweet honey. According to the National Honey Board, “There are more than 300 unique types of honey available in the United […]

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  • Most of East Oakland is considered a “food desert” by the USDA with only two grocery stores within three miles providing limited fresh produce. Honeybee Conservancy provided bees in 2016 to Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project’s quarter-acre organic farm, which produces food for local residents. Photo courtesy of Farmer Veteran Coalition

    Announcing the Sponsor-A-Hive bee grant recipients

    We launched the Sponsor-A-Hive bee grant in 2015 with a simple idea – strategically place honey and solitary bees in locations where they can bolster bee populations, advance education and pollinate locally grown food. To qualify for the Sponsor-A-Hive bee grant, nonprofits go through a comprehensive application and evaluation process.  From this broad group of […]

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    ‘The Humble Honeybee’, a bee infographic by Hayden Loos

    An interview with Hayden Loos, the designer of this bee infographic Hayden took some time to answer some questions about this bee infographic, his interest in bees and how he takes his honey. You can see more of Hayden’s designs at www.haydenloos.com 1. What led you to create this bee infographic? I created this bee infographic […]

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    5 Bee Books for Children

    How can we educate children on honeybees and Colony Collapse disorder? Teachers and educators everywhere have been wondering if there are books out there that can be used in the classroom to teach students about honeybees and the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder. It can be hard to find books like these, and when you […]

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    Bee House: What Kind is Right for Your Bees?

    Think you might like to become a bee keeper? First, thank you, thank you! Second, consider the bee basics and the bee house options that will get you started. Bee Basics As you ponder bee keeping, consider which of type of bees – honeybees or solitary bees – you want to host. You see, although […]

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    Indiana University’s Keepers of the Bees

    Indiana University students, faculty and staff have joined in the fight to save the honey bee. Under a cloudless blue sky one June morning at the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center at Indiana University, Ellie Symes bent over a new hive the Beekeeping Club at Indiana University (IU) had installed just a few weeks earlier. “Oh yeah, that […]

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    Bees for Kids: Beehives Teach Kids 7 Vital Life Lessons

    What can kids learn from bees? Sure, we love the birds. But, for now, let’s talk about bees for kids – or, more precisely, the beehives that many schools are now hosting to teach kids. For one thing, schools are determined to bring the outdoors into education. Gardens are one popular way, but many schools […]

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