We have to think about the facts, and not about the multitude of fallacies surrounding bees and the apparent “bee crisis” that I’m still coming across in my social media newsfeeds. Last year I wrote about what you can do to help honey bees, I want to remind you that the single most important thing you can do to actually help the bees (and other pollinators!), is to plant a pollinator-friendly garden.
The second most important thing that I think you need to do to help the honey bees, is to share truthful information and learn the facts in regard to honey bee health. It’s important to me, as a parent, to teach our kids how to separate the facts from the fiction, and where to get good information from. I feel it’s so essential to teach them how to use their critical thinking skills from an early age and to question information that they feel skeptical of.
The Learning Centre on the Bees Matter website is full of amazing information and resources for farmers and region-specific teachers for grade 3 & 4 science classes. There are lots of videos, infographics, articles, toolkits for teachers to access that include a lesson and a quiz, as well as reputable links to information on honey bees.
National Planting Week is coming up, which will be the perfect opportunity to plant your own “buzzing garden”! More information about National Planting week to come! Stay tuned for more information about National Planting Week to come and join the discussion at #PlantforBees!
Buzzing Gardens Program
Since the Buzzing Gardens program started 2 years ago it has given out nearly 70,000 free seed kits across Canada. I think this is an amazing hands-on learning experience to do for yourself and/or your family, and I will be doing it with my children this year as we plant our Buzzing Garden and watch the pollinators come to feed off our flowers.
My husband and I talk about agriculture a lot as it is with our kids, because that is what their dad, grandpa and uncle do for a living, and I am starting to teach them about how other crops around the country and around the world are grown.
Honey bees are so important to farmers and they play a vital role how our food is grown. Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food is because of pollinators like the hard-working honey bee pollinating crops like apples, blueberries and cherries?
Find out more facts like this and don’t forget to order your free seed kit from BeesMatter.ca!
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