Stories From Bee Advocates

Read quotes from Feed a Bee volunteers
In 2015, the Feed a Bee initiative exceeded its goal of receiving pledges to plant 50 million flowers for bees to feast on. Nearly 200,000 participants committed to plant seeds or bee-attractant plants, or to have seeds planted on their bee-half.

Good nutrition throughout the year has been identified as a key factor for good health of honey bees and wild bees alike. Everyone can be a "bee advocate," contributing to the increased availability of bee forage by providing plants, shrubs or trees that are rich in nectar and pollen.

Stories About Collaborations

Our Feed a Bee initiative is helping bees across the country by collaborating with agricultural, beekeeping, government, non-profit, university and many other organizations and businesses to provide an abundant diversity of forage for bees and to help in bee forage research and education efforts. Check out stories profiling some of these collaborations below:

Field of Feed a Bee flowers planted by Project Apis m.Project Apis m.
Through the Feed a Bee initiative, collaborations are in place to improve forage for honey bees. None of those collaborations is more important than the one where Bayer is partnering with Project Apis m., the largest nonprofit, nongovernmental research organization in the United States helping the honey bee, Apis mellifera.

 



Sunflowers planted for bees by NCDOTNorth Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)
Beautiful pollinator plantings continue to grace North Carolina’s roadsides, thanks to a partnership between Crop Science, a division of Bayer and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Bayer made a $100,000 contribution in April 2015 and has pledged to provide another $50,000 of funding in 2016.

 


 

Professor in UDC greenspace created for bee healthUniversity of District of Columbia (UDC)
When UDC received a grant to establish green space on one of its school rooftops, Cooperative Extension Agent Sandy Farber Bandier admitted it was the first time she had been asked to develop a garden on top of a building. The 20,000-square-foot rooftop project received funding as part of the Feed a Bee initiative to include pollinator-attractant plants in the garden.

 



Anoka-Ramsey College students in Feed a Bee flower fieldAnoka-Ramsey Community College
Located one hour north of Minneapolis along the Rum River in Cambridge, Minn., Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s (ARCC) Cambridge Campus is in full bloom thanks to an ongoing study about the influence various flowering field environments – energy crop (canola), restored prairie, and wildflower fields – have on beneficial pollinating insects.

 



Family portrait of McCarty Family FarmMcCarty Family Farms
Supporting the surrounding communities is a key part of McCarty Family Farms’ mission. The business recently decided to incorporate a pollinator habitat at its primary facility, a dairy farm in Rexford, Kansas, planting 10 acres of habitat to benefit bees, as part of the Feed a Bee effort.

 



Blogs From Collaborators

Spotlight on Feed a Bee Partners Blog Series

Learn more about the experiences of those helping to feed the bees by reading blog posts authored by some of our Feed a Bee collaborators and others below:

Catching Up with Feed a Bee Partner McCarty Family Farms
By Dr. Becky Langer, Project Manager, North American Bee Health
McCarty Family Farms, a dairy farm based out of Kansas, was one of the first partners to sign up when we launched the Feed a Bee initiative in March. This past spring, they planted more than 60 acres of wildflowers to turn their land into a pollinator haven. We caught up with Ken McCarty to learn more about how the planting went, why they decided to become involved with the initiative and their plans for the future.

This, That or the Other: What Plant Do Pollinators Prefer?
By Melanie Waite-Altringer, Biology Faculty, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
The Feed a Bee campaign is more than just a movement to increase forage area for bees and other pollinators. It also provides partners with the opportunity to conduct research and learn more about what types of forage are best for pollinating insects.

NC State Extension Master Gardeners Help Our Community Feed a Bee
By Dr. Lise Jenkins, NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in Durham County, NC
This spring, the Bayer Bee Care Center gave our NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program wildflower seeds —a lot of wildflower seeds. A box of 7,500 wildflower seed packets arrived at the Durham County Extension office, and then a 5-pound bag of bulk seeds arrived.

Bees Helping Bring Together Families
By Steve “Mac” McNair, Director of Development, Salem4youth and recipient of the first Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award
Salem4youth is a faith-based ministry focused on helping young men who are struggling with family issues. Our students live on our campus in rural Central Illinois and are with us between 9-12 months as they work on familial reconciliation.

American Agri-Women Are Raising “Feed a Bee” Awareness From Coast-to-Coast
By Lynn Woolf, VP of Communications, American Agri-Women
American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women — and we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary with a Drive Across America. We’re proud to be a Feed a Bee partner throughout our Drive, which has now traveled more than 11,000 miles.

Down2Earth Farms Transforms Unused Land into a Pollinator Haven
By Dr. Becky Langer, Project Manager, North American Bee Health
When you see an opportunity to make a dream you’ve had for years a reality, you take it. That’s the philosophy that brought Down 2 Earth (D2E) Farms to life in 2011, when Cecilia Redding purchased an old dairy farm and turned 33 acres into a functioning farm producing vegetables, fruit, shiitake mushrooms and hay.

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