A new non-profit called The Bee Cause Project is teaching school children about the importance of honeybees and beekeeping.
Honeybees are dying in alarming numbers, and unless we find a way to replenish local hives, a lack of suitable pollinators will devastate our food system. For years, beekeepers and scientists have watched Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) wipe-out entire hives, and despite proof that commercial pesticides are a huge part of the problem, the EPA has refused to take definitive action.
While politicians and chemical companies hash it out at the legislative level, concerned citizens around the country have taken action. Keeping backyard honeybees has now become a staple of urban homesteading, and across the nation, people are pressuring their representatives to make protecting the bees a top priority.
Long before CCD hit national news, however, Ted Dennard made it his personal mission to protect and care for our most precious pollinators. As owner of Savannah Bee Company, Dennard has spent a lifetime supporting local beekeepers through the sale of real honey body care products. Now, the lifelong beekeeper is taking his message to an even more important crowd: our kids.
In late July, Dennard (pictured below) launched The Bee Cause Project: a not-for-profit that teaches children the ABCs of honeybees, beekeeping, and the importance of both. The goal? To put observation hives in 1,000 schools, so that kids can watch bees at work, participate in their care, and fully understand what an integral role this tiny insect plays in our every day lives.
“I want to raise a generation of kids that know how important the honeybee is,” Dennard said in a press release. “A generation that when someone says ‘bee,’ they don’t think ‘sting’ but they think of the wonderful little pollinator and its role in the ecosystem and our lives.”
The Bee Cause Project will place glass-sided observation hives in schools for absolutely no charge: 100 percent of the costs required to install the observation hive case and managing the initial hive case and honeybees is covered by the organization. This generous gift is made with the understanding that each school will pay it forward so that other students can enjoy the same experience.
“Schools that receive a honeybee observation hive agree to run an annual fundraiser selling Bee Cause Honey to help pay for the ongoing care of the bee family they have adopted and for the installation of honeybee observation hives at other schools,” explains the project website.
“The honey that is sold as part of the annual fundraiser is provided “at-cost” by The Savannah Bee Company and 100% of the profits are used to support The Bee Cause’s mission to install honeybee observation hives in 1,000 schools and “to save the honeybees one school at a time.”
Find out how your child’s school can become part of this amazing project by visiting www.thebeecause.org.
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