Feed a Bee Collaborators

The Feed a Bee Initiative, begun in 2015, is fueled by powerful collaborations that work to improve forage for bees. We’ve partnered with many diverse organizations that cover the broad spectrum of people who care about bee health, from businesses to government entities and private growers to nonprofits. Thanks to these collaborations, more acres, gardens, yards and roadsides provide bees with the nectar and pollen they need to thrive and even more people are joining in efforts to improve bee health. Check out these supporting organizations below and read of their on-going efforts to help pollinators in their search for food.

Agricultural Businesses

AgriCenter International logo

AgriCenter International

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Planting 10 acres of wildflower seed mix in Memphis, TN, as a forage area for bees, to augment planned bee hives.

Central East Ag Supply Inc. logo

Central East Ag Supply Inc.

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Distributing wildflower seed packets to customers of this Rocky Mount, NC, agricultural supply business.

Ernst Concervation Seeds logo

Ernst Conservation Seeds

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Providing a specially developed pollinator seed mix for bulk seed for the Bayer Feed a Bee initiative.

Hefty Seed Company

Hefty Seed Company

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Planting wildflower plot and collaborating with Bayer for pollinator education during Hefty’s Ag PhD Field Day.

Peter & Goodie Bees and Blueberry Farm

Peter & Goodie Bees and Blueberry Farm

Planting one acre of wildflower seed mix in Baxter, MN, as a forage area for bees.

The Produce Box logo

The Produce Box

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Collaborating on pollinator-related outreach, including the distribution of wildflower seed packets through North Carolina produce delivery boxes and at selected North Carolina festivals.

R.D. Offutt Company logo

R.D. Offutt Company

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Part of the National Potato Council partnership. Distributing seed to farmers across the state of Minnesota.

Watson Farms

Watson Farms

Planting four acres of wildflower seed mix at a watermelon farm in Kershaw, SC, as a forage area for bees, and distributing wildflower seed packets and educating consumers about bees at a local farmer’s market.

Wilbur Ellis Company

Wilbur Ellis Company

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Planting 8 lbs of wildflower seed over 2 acres of land.

Beekeeping Organizations

Alamance and Caswell County Beekeepers Associations

Alamance and Caswell County Beekeepers Associations

ALAMANCE     CASWELL

Distributing 1,000 wildflower seed packets at community educational events in Caswell and Alamance counties in NC, plus planting 0.5 acres of wildflower seed mix on an NC beekeeper’s property, as a forage area for bees.

Anson Count Beekeepers Association logo

Anson County Beekeepers Association

Planting 10 acres of wildflower seed mix in Wadesboro, NC, as a forage area for bees.

Bee Happy Apiaries

Bee Happy Apiaries

Planting two acres of wildflower seed mix in Vacaville, CA, as a forage area for bees.

Bee Haven logo

Bee Haven

Distributing 1,000 wildflower seed packets and Feed a Bee postcards to promote increasing bee forage to help ensure bee health.

Colton Gorges

Colton Gorges

Planting 1.5 acres of wildflower seed mix in New London, Wisconsin, to support bee hives and homes for bubble and mason bees.

Davis Family Farms

Davis Family Farms

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Planting 5 acres of wildflower seed mix in Greensburg, KY, to help increase food supplies for 20 honey bee hives.

Eric Darm

Eric Darm

A member of the Beekeepers Association of Northern Virginia planting 20 acres of wildflower seed across a hay field in Lorton, VA, that is no longer farmed as a forage area for bees.

Florida State Beekeepers Association logo

Florida State Beekeepers Association

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Distributing 3,000 wildflower seed packets to members in 15 counties (from Pasco in the north to Monroe in the south) in Southwest Florida.

Herman Hills Apiaries

Hermann Hills Apiaries

Planting two acres of wildflower seed mix in Hermann, MO, as a forage area for bees.

Honey Feast, Inc.

Honey Feast, Inc.

Distributing 2,000 wildflower seed packets.

Johnathon T. Garaas - Beekeeper

Jonathan T. Garaas (Beekeeper)

Distributing 5,000 wildflower seed packets at a display about bees and food supply at the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo, ND.

Milwaukee Waukesha Beekeepers Association

Milwaukee Waukesha Beekeepers Association

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Planting 12.5 acres of wildflower seed mix in the Milwaukee-Waukesha area of Wisconsin, as a forage area for bees.

Nathan Gulbis

Nathan Gulbis

Planting one acre of wildflower seed mix in St. Petersburg, Florida, to support bee hives in a local apiary.

Oakland Beekeepers Association

Oakland Beekeepers Association

Planting 1,000 wildflower seed packets by members, around the Bloomfield Township area of eastern Michigan, as forage for bees.

Ratcliff Beekeeping

Ratcliff Beekeeping

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Planting 1,000 wildflower seed packets by a Bedford, Indiana, beekeeper and members of his local beekeeping club, as forage for bees.

Southwest Ohio Girls Beekeeping Club

Southwest Ohio Girls Beekeeping Club

Distributing 20,000 seed packets across the state of Ohio in 2016.

Union County Beekeepers Association

Union County Beekeepers Association

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Planting 25 acres of wildflower seed mix by members throughout Union County, North Carolina, as forage for bees.

Colleges and Universities

Anoka-Ramsey Community College logo

Anoka-Ramsey Community College - Cambridge, MN, Campus

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Conducting a study on various field environments and their influence on beneficial pollinating insects on a 50-acre canola crop, a 25-acre restored prairie, and a 25-acre wildflower field.

NCSU Southern Integrated Pest Management Center logo

NCSU Southern Integrated Pest Management Center

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Distributing 2,000 wildflower seed packets and educating consumers at a North Carolina State University (NCSU) turf field day and an NC State Farmer’s Market National Honey Bee Day event.

Oregon State Athletics

Oregon State Athletics

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Distributing 1,000 seed packets at baseball games.

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School logo

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

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Planting 10 acres of wildflower seed mix in Rabun Gap, Georgia, as forage for bees in hives used for education at the school. The school’s beekeeping program is connected to Bayer’s 2015 Community Leadership Award winner Paul Vonk.

Texas Tech University Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Texas Tech University Department of Plant and Soil Science

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Planting three acres of wildflower seed mix in Lubbock, Texas, to increase pollinator diversity for a vegetable garden and research at the Texas Tech Plant and Soil Science farm.

University of District of Columbia's College of Agriculture

University of District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Science

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Establishing a rooftop pollinator garden at the University in conjunction with DC Master Gardeners.

Community Organizations

Arianna Massey-Valletta Girl Scout Troup 456

Arianna Massey-Valletta Girl Scout Troup 456

Planting 5 acres of wildflower seed mix in Tappahannock, VA, as a forage area for bees.

Donahue Sportsman Conservation Club

Donahue Sportsman Conservation Club

Planting three acres of wildflower seed mix throughout the ballpark, grassland and creek areas of Donahue Sportsman Conservation Club, in Donahue, IA, as a forage area for bees. Some seed also will be given to Club members for home planting.

Durham County Master Gardeners logo

Durham County Master Gardeners

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Distributing 7,500 wildflower seed packets at public events, festivals, and speaking engagements where Durham County Master Gardeners participate; planting wildflower seeds at the Briggs Avenue Community Garden and other potential garden sites in Durham County; and using wildflower seed in youth educational events in Durham County.

NC Agricultural Aviation Association logo

NC Agricultural Aviation Association

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Distributing 1,000 seed packets at various farm show and outreach efforts.

Occoneechee Council Boy Scouts of America logo

Occoneechee Council Boy Scouts of America

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Planting 10 acres of wildflower seed mix at two Boy Scout camps (Camp Durant and Reeves Camp, located in Moore County, North Carolina, to establish forage for a beekeeping merit badge.

Plant City Commons Community Garden

Plant City Commons Community Garden

Distributing 1,000 Wildflower Seed Packets with areas community gardens, the local FFA chapter, and the many farmers in the area.

The Research Triangle Park logo

Research Triangle Foundation of NC

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Distributing 5,000 seed packets to local organizations

Salem4youth logo

Salem4youth

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Creating 2.5 acres of wildflower forage in Flanagan, IL, next to bee hives used to mentor at-risk teens in the Salem4youth therapeutic residential program, which was a recipient of the Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award.

Spokane Interstate Fair

Spokane Interstate Fair

Distributing 1,000 seed packets at 2016 Spokane Interstate Fair.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension logo

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Youth Programs

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Distributing 5,000 seed packets to local beekeeping associations, at Master Gardener events, events at the town/village of Wimberley, pollinator garden projects at the schools in Hays County, and local festivals that focus on pollinators.

Verona United Methodist Church Honey Bee Ministry logo

Verona United Methodist Church

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Planting 1 acre of wildflower seed mix in Verona, VA, as part of a beekeeping ministry that sells honey to support mission trips to Haiti and other locations.

Farmers and Growers

Bennett Orchards logo

Bennett Orchards

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Planting 1 acre of wildflower seed mix in Frankford, DE, as a forage area for bees.

Bill Buckner

Bill Buckner

Planting four acres of wildflower seed mix at a farm in Vance County, NC, as a forage area for bees.

Blackberry Hill Farms

Blackberry Hill Farm

Planting 1,000 wildflower seed packets as forage for bees in a new apiary on an 11-acre farm in Newark, Ohio.

Bogle Farms logo

Bogle Farm

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Planting 20 acres of bee forage areas on Georgia farm.

Buzzard Roost Farms logo

Buzzard Roost Farms

Planting five acres of wildflower seed mix in Memphis, TN, as a forage area for bees, to augment planned bee hives.

Ceja Farm

Ceja Farm

Planting 40 acres of wildflower seed mix in Abingdon, IL, as a forage area for bees.

Chris Vario

Chris Vario

Planting 10 acres of wildflower seed mix in Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, as a forage area for bees.

Daniel Forsman

Daniel Forsman

Planting five acres of wildflower seed mix at two farms, one in north Georgia (White County) and one in south Georgia (Lee County), as a forage area for bees.

Don Currier

Don Currier

Planting 1 acre of wildflower seed mix on a blueberry farm with bee hives in Nashville, GA.

Down 2 Earth Farms, LLC logo

Down 2 Earth Farms, LLC

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Planting three acres of wildflower seed mix in Rougemont, NC, as a forage area for bees. Down to Earth Farms provides produce for another Feed a Bee collaborator, The Produce Box.

Goehl Ranches

Goehl Ranches

Planting 4 lbs of pollinator-friendly seed.

Half Crown Hill Orchard logo

Half Crown Hill Orchard

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Planting 2 acres of wildflower seed in McDonald, PN, to establish forage for an apiary of 10 hives that is expanding to 20 or more hives.

James Taylor

James Taylor

Planting 10 acres of wildflower seed mix in Clayton, NC, as a forage area for bees. James Taylor is the only celery grower in NC, and he provides produce for another Feed a Bee collaborator, The Produce Box.

K&L Acres LLC

K & L Acres LLC

Distributing 1,000 seed packets at the Bracey, Virginia, Fall Festival, for bee education.

Laurie Scott

Laurie Scott

Distributing 1,000 wildflower seed packets in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, to increase awareness of the need for forage areas for bees.

Long Run Farms

Long Run Farms

Distributing 100 seeds packets and planting 3/4 acre (3 lbs) of wildflower seeds in NC.

Marshall County Farm Bureau, Inc.

Marshall County Farm Bureau, Inc.

Planting 16 lbs of wildflower seed over 4 acres of land.

McCarty Family Farm logo

McCarty Family Farm

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Working in conjunction with Project Apis m. and Pheasants Forever, this Kansas dairy operation will plant about 65 acres of pollinator attractant cover crops.

Meadowview Flowers

Meadowview Flowers

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Planting 6 lbs of wildflower seed over 1.5 acres of land.

Powell Farms, LLC logo

Powell Farms, LLC

Planting 2 acres of wildflowers in Southampton County, VA, as a forage area for bees.

The Red House Ranch

The Red House Ranch

Planting 1,000 wildflower seed packets on one-half acre of land near new bee hives and surrounding farmland in London, Ohio, as forage for bees.

Schroeder Bros Farms, Inc.

Schroeder Bros Farms, Inc.

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Planting 7 lbs of pollinator-friendly seed.

Thomas Goodrich

Thomas Goodrich

Distributing 1,000 seed packets to local community groups in Wisconsin. Planting 12 lbs (3 acres) of Bayer pollinator mix and 4 lb (1 acre) of Bayer Deer Pollinator mix.

WP Rawl & Sons Farm logo

WP Rawl & Sons

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Planting wildflower seed mix on 5 acres of farmland near Pelion, SC, owned by the largest producer of kale on the East coast. Kale relies on honey bees and other pollinators for pollination.

Government Organizations

Sand Springs, OK logo

City of Sand Springs

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Distributing 10,000 wildflower seed packets at Oklahoma’s largest Herbal Affair Festival where approximately 25,000 people who are interested in gardening gather.

Largo, Florida Parks Division logo

Largo, Florida Parks Division

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Planting 35 acres of wildflower seed mix on a former landfill property in Largo, Florida, to help support 40-50 bee hives that produce honey for the City recreation and nature centers to sell.

NC Department of Transportation logo

NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT)

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Establishing pollinator plant habitats along highway rights-of-ways in North Carolina by planting hybrid sunflower and hybrid canola seed along roadsides throughout the state during spring and fall, selecting varieties that allow for control of undesirable weeds and maximum bloom for pollinators. See what's on tap for bees!

South Carolina Department of Corrections

South Carolina Department of Corrections

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Planting 5,000 wildflower seed packets at five S.C. Department of Corrections institutions as forage areas for the bees that are part of the beekeeping program at these sites to provide inmates the training to become certified Master Beekeepers.

City of Donahue

The City of Donahue

Planting two acres of wildflower seed mix in Donahue, IA, as a forage area for bees.

Town of Aberdeen, NC logo

Town of Aberdeen

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Distributing 5,000 seed packets at local events in Aberdeen, NC. Planting 8 lbs of wildflower seed over 2 acres of land.

National Non-Profit Organizations

10 Can, Inc. logo

10 CAN, Inc.

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Planting one acre of wildflower and vegetable (carrots, onions, tomatoes) seeds in a children’s garden through this organization that focuses on family outreach through nature, honoring families of first responders and veterans. The garden supports community outreach that provides meat, eggs, vegetables, mushrooms and honey to the local food bank.

American Agri-Women logo

American Agri-Women

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Promoting pollinators as part of a nationwide “Drive Across America” event (June to November 2015) to celebrate American Agri-Women’s 40th anniversary and agriculture.

Integrated Vegetation Management Partners logo

Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Partners

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Improving and expanding pollinator and wildlife habitats on public rights-of-way through integrated vegetation management in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Oregon, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

National Potato Council logo

National Potato Council

WEBSITE

Encouraging members to plant wildflower seed as forage areas for bees and to display Feed a Bee plot signs that recognize participation in a project that promotes pollinator health.

National Wild Turkey Federation logo

National Wild Turkey Federation

WEBSITE

Supporting pollinator conservation efforts, including co-labeling of native seed mixes.

Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy logo

Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy

WEBSITE

Planting 25 acres of wildflower seed mix in areas around north central Pennsylvania, as reseeding along stream banks during stream restoration projects.

Pheasants Forever logo

Pheasants Forever

WEBSITE

Developing youth pollinator habitats and projects to provide hands-on learning opportunities for young people.

Project Apis m. logo

Project Apis m.

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Supporting the establishment of 2,000-3,000 acres of bee forage in California and Washington to provide food sources to help bees better thrive before and after their pollination of almonds and other crops. In addition, Bayer’s Seeds for Bees: Fresno Fence Row Project involves partnering with Project Apis m. to evaluate plant varieties to plant in almond orchards along the fence rows.

The Wildlife Society

The Wildlife Society

WEBSITE

Distributing 60,000 seed packets to local branches and events.

Non-Agricultural Businesses

Action Pest Control logo

Action Pest Control

WEBSITE

Distributing 7,000 seed packets to regional branch offices for customers and events.

Cookson-Proctor Cemetary

Cookson-Proctor Cemetery

Planting two acres of wildflower seed mix in Cookson, Oklahoma, at a cemetery for beautification and as forage for bees.

Cahill's Lawn & Landscape, Inc.

Cahill's Lawn & Landscape, Inc.

Distributing 5,000 seed packets in Indiana

Duke Energy logo

Duke Energy

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Partnering with Bayer and Integrated Vegetation Management Partners, Inc., to research and develop pollinator habitats in utility rights-of-way.

Eurofins BioDiagnostics, Inc. logo

Eurofins BioDiagnostics, Inc.

WEBSITE

Planting 40 lbs of pollinator-friendly seed.

Lawn Doctor logo

Lawn Doctor

WEBSITE

Distributing 5,000 seed packets in local franchise areas.

Massey Services, Inc. logo

Massey Services, Inc.

WEBSITE

Distributing 100,000 seed packets to local branches and events.

Morgan's Outdoor Adventures logo

Morgan's Outdoor Adventures

WEBSITE

Distributing 5,000 seed packets in Ohio

Mosaic Life Care logo

Mosaic Life Care

WEBSITE

Planting 6 acres of wildflower seed mix in St. Joseph, MO, as part of a Prairie Restoration and Pollinator Plot project.

SynTech Research logo

SynTech Research Laboratory Services, LLC

WEBSITE

Planting 10 acres of wildflower seed mix in Stilwell, KS, to add forage areas for bees to existing hives and forage at the site.

Vitamin Bee logo

Vitamin Bee

WEBSITE

Distributing wildflower seed packets to customers of this Los Angeles, CA, business, as part of a nutrition video and education package, and partnering with Bayer on lesson plans, coloring sheets, activity sheets and videos for youth educational events.

Weed Man USA logo

Weed Man USA

WEBSITE

Distributing 30,000 seed packets to regional branch offices for customers and events.

Turf and Ornamental Businesses

Bearpath Golf & Country Club logo

Bearpath Golf & Country Club

WEBSITE

Planting one acre of wildflowers in Eden Prairie, MN.

Boston Golf Club

Boston Golf Club

WEBSITE

Installing a Smart Scale to this Hingham, MA, golf course’s existing bee hives to augment bee education at the site and to link into Bayer’s Smart Hive network.

Bowman's Pro Turf logo

Bowman's Pro Turf

WEBSITE

Distributing 5,000 seed packets at branch offices and local events.

Cantigny Golf

Cantigny Golf

WEBSITE

Planting five acres of wildflowers in Wheaton, IL, as forage area for its bee hives and for educating about and promoting bees.

Carmel Valley Rach Golf Course

Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course

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Installing a Smart Scale to this Carmel, CA, golf course’s existing bee hives to augment bee education at the site and to link into Bayer’s Smart Hive network.

French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort

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Planting nine acres of wildflower seed mix in French Lick, Indiana, as forage for bees along a golf course.

Lake Marion Golf Course

Lake Marion Golf Course

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Planting four acres of wildflower seed mix and installing a Smart Scale to this Santee, SC, golf course’s existing bee hives to augment bee education at the site and to link into Bayer’s Smart Hive network.

Medina Golf & Country Club

Medina Golf & Country Club

WEBSITE

Planting one acre of wildflowers in Medina, MN.

The Mosquito Guard logo

The Mosquito Guard

WEBSITE

Distributing wildflower seed packets to customers in and around the Charlotte, NC, Metro area, including four beekeeper customers.

Oak Meadow Country Club

Oak Meadow Country Club

WEBSITE

Planting 7.5 acres of wildflower seed mix in Evansville, Indiana, as forage for bees along a golf course.

Somerset Country Club and Golf Course logo

Somerset Country Club and Golf Course

Planting 1 acre of wildflowers in Mendota Heights, MN.

TruGreen logo

TruGreen

WEBSITE

Distributing 40,000 packets of wildflower seeds during National Pollinator Week, June 15-21, 2015.

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