Introducing The Bee Straw
We’ve been inspired by the brilliance of the bee and have teammed up with Sabrina Malach and Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs to create a new special edition Strawesome to bring more awareness to the need for bees, as well as to contribute towards their survival. Sabrina has answered a few questions and provided us some great information which is shared below to that end.
Why are bees important?
“Bees provide the planet with the essential ecosystem service of pollination. They are critical agents in the world as we know it. It is estimated that every third bite of food can be attributed to a bee and that over 90% of flowering plants depend on bees for pollination (i.e to reproduce). The world would be significantly less beautiful, diverse and nourishing without bees as there would be far fewer flowers, fruits and seeds.”
What are you doing to create awareness and make a difference?
“I am always buzzing about bees and their virtues. I talk to everyone I can about how important they are to our lives and utilize social media resources to spread the word. I have planted a number of poliinator gardens throughout my community including at Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden in suburban Toronto and at 2 urban farms within the City of Toronto. I am the resident beekeeper for Shoresh at Bela Farm where the main goal of our apiary is to raise healthy bees. The honey harvest is second to that. Shoresh has done a lot of work to raise awareness and appreciation for bees throughout the Jewish community in Toronto. We’ve gotten a lot of support for this including one incredible, generous and GOOD teenager who donated money from his Bar Mitzvah to our pollinator support programs.”
How can we help save the bees?
“There is so much people can do to help the bees and all pollinators today. Here are my top 5 tips to #savethebees:
- Plant a pollinator garden! Plant neonictinoid-free, native plants in your yard. For best practices visit, http://www.pollinator.org/gardens.htm.
- Get your existing garden and diet off chemicals (support organic farmers, encourage them to plant for the pollinators and become one yourself)
- Support your local beekeeper! Buy local honey.
- Reduce your carbon footprint! Plant trees, ride your bike, get off plastic (support Strawesome). Climate change is devastating for plants and pollinators.
- Get your community, state, province, nation, world off neonictinoids. Research what local organizations are doing to support bee health in your community and donate your time, money, energy to helping them.”
Thank you for everything you are doing to save the bees Sabrina!
Want to Win a Bee Straw?
Comment on this post (one entry per person) for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to our online store. We will randomly choose a winner on Monday, May 11, 2015 and will notify them by email.
~Daedra and Brian