Bee in the Know with the #FeedABee Impact 50-State Digital Map

An outstanding project working to provide pollinator habitat and nutrition could be happening right in your neighborhood, and we want you to “bee” in the know! No matter where you call home, the #FeedABee Impact 50-state digital map makes it possible to discover pollinator forage planting projects currently underway in your state and across the country.

The interactive map illustrates the #FeedaBee impact— 153 projects in 49 states that have joined our mission of planting plots of pollinator-attractant flowers and educating the nation about the importance of pollinator forage.

With 49 out of 50 states funded (and only Alaska remaining!), we are nearly to our goal of planting wildflowers in all 50 states by the end of 2018, and we are excited to share our nationwide progress with you.

#FeedaBee Fifty-State Planting Progress

The #FeedABee Impact

After more than 30 years of pollinator research and initiatives around critical issues affecting honey bee health, the Bayer Bee Care Program aims to spread awareness of the need for more pollinator forage, as well as enable communities, individuals and organizations across the country to plant wildflowers and provide pollinators a diverse food source. This is why we set out on a mission in 2017 to plant forage to feed bees across all 50 states by the end of 2018 through the distribution of grants.

We created the digital map to showcase each of the grant recipients whose projects are helping Feed a Bee reach its goal. From New York to California, each grant recipient’s project is more unusual than the next, such as a demonstration garden in New Mexico which will help the community “learn to garden as a way to supplement their diets with fresh vegetables and fruits.” However, each project has two things in common: it either established or restored forage for pollinators, and it included a broader educational facet, such as hosting a community planting event.

On the digital map, each state filled with vibrant flowers represents a place where grantees have successfully completed planting projects. Click around the map to view photo galleries of a project near you!

Feed a Bee pollinator habitat planted by Tagen and Brendon Baker of Bitton Farm, California.
Feed a Bee pollinator habitat planted by Tagen and Brendon Baker of Bitton Farm, California.

Why Feed a Bee?

It’s no secret how important honey bees are to the pollination of many of the fruits, vegetables and nuts that contribute to a balanced diet. Bees help feed us by bringing so many foods to life that keep our plates fresh and diverse. In return, they need our help to find nutritious food. Remember the term “symbiosis” from biology class? This buzz word refers to a close, long-term interaction between two groups of living things. As the most effective pollinators of close to 100 agricultural crops, honey bees share an incredible, mutually beneficial relationship with humans that dates back 9,000 years.

However, one of the biggest challenges bees face today is access to enough food to eat. Bees eat by gathering pollen and nectar from flowers. Just like us, bees need a diverse range of food to thrive. By planting wildflowers in our communities, we have an opportunity to ensure this symbiotic relationship continues.

For as long as humans need to eat, we will need bees, and they will need us. And just like with any successful relationship, it needs a little TLC. Join us in showing the bees some love for all that they do by sharing about #FeedABee on social media, applying for a forage grant or planting your own pollinator-attractant flowers. Tip: Visit your local nursery and ask for the pollinator seed mix! Let’s continue to plant beautiful lavender, coneflower, sunflowers and more to keep bees healthy from sea to shining sea.

Feed a Bee pollinator habitat planted by Texas Tech University, Texas.
Feed a Bee pollinator habitat planted by Texas Tech University, Texas.