Introducing the Newest Feed a Bee Grantees

More than 150 forage projects funded nationwide

Feed a Bee SignIn early 2017, we set out to plant forage for honey bees and other pollinators in every state by the end of this year. Now, as 2019 draws near, we’re incredibly close to meeting that goal, with forage projects so far funded in 49 states, plus Washington, D.C.! With the holiday season underway and only one more state to go (come on, Alaska!), we’re filled with gratitude over how many passionate pollinator advocates across the country have joined with Feed a Bee to help our fuzzy friends.

Feed a Bee has now helped more than 150 organizations in 49 states and Washington, D.C. to establish or restore pollinator habitats. This fall, we’re introducing the 12 newest hard-working members of the Feed a Bee family. Scroll to the bottom of this article for the full list of newly minted Feed a Bee grant recipients.

Especially exciting is the fact that we are reaching two new, previously unfunded states through the latest grants. Those two additions are Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, our first Hawaiian grantee, and Laramie County Fair, the first-ever Feed a Bee grantee in Wyoming. Read on to hear a bit more about the BEE-autiful work they’re doing to support honey bees.

Meet Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, Feed a Bee grantee from Honolulu, Hawaii

Bee with Purple FlowerOur first grantee from the state of Hawaii, Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV) Comprehensive Family Services is planning on using their Feed a Bee grant funds to support the expansion of pollinator habitat in their 3-acre garden in Ho’oulu Aina, a 100-acre nature preserve. Managed by their Roots Program, which supports an improved food system for local residents and ecological health through community engagement and education, the pollinator habitat will be overseen by organic gardening and agroforestry staff with support from an entomologist. KKV hopes that these activities help demonstrate to the surrounding community the value of the food they eat.

In addition to the gardening seminars already planned for the 2019 season, KKV will use their grant funds to host a planting event and three educational workshops. Other plans include expanding pollinator habitat across multiple sites within the nature preserve and incorporating pollinator education into the program’s weekly gardening workshops.

Get to Know Laramie County Fair, Feed a Bee grantee from Cheyenne, Wyoming

Butterfly on a BushLocated on 119 acres in Cheyenne, the Laramie County Fair will use their grant funds to provide pollinator forage and habitat along 10 acres, spreading it across walking paths throughout the park. This pollinator corridor will include educational signs about the importance of pollinators and wildflowers in our ecosystem, reaching the thousands of visitors who attend events at the fairgrounds each year.

But they’re not stopping there! The Laramie County Fair will make sure the pollinator habitat stays in place for years to come, teaching growers, landscapers and those learning in the on-site classroom about forage for honey bees and other pollinators for at least the next 20 years.

Other impressive forage projects are underway across the U.S. thanks to 12 total new Feed a Bee grantees. Check out the full list below:

  • Rocky Mountain Butterfly Consortium, Colorado
  • Northern Colorado Pheasants Forever, Colorado
  • Kokua Halihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, Hawaii
  • Oak Heritage Conservancy Inc., Indiana
  • City of Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • New England Beekeeping Supplies, Massachusetts
  • Mountainside Education and Enrichment Inc., Maryland
  • Montana State University Extension, Montana
  • Melvin H. Kreps Middle School, New Jersey
  • Taos Land Trust, New Mexico
  • Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, Ohio
  • Laramie County Fair, Wyoming

Congratulations to all of our Feed a Bee grantees! We can’t wait to see the impact these projects have in communities coast to coast, spreading forage for pollinators.