Bees Matter

Why do Bees Matter?

One out of every three bites of food that we eat is made possible by pollinators like honey bees. As the growers of most of our food, Canadian farmers know how much we all rely on these pollinators. Statistics Canada data shows the number of beekeepers and honey bee hives in our country is on the rise, but there are still a number of factors contributing to honey bee health issues.

That’s why we’ve launched Bees Matter, an initiative to restate agriculture’s commitment to honey bees and bring knowledge to the Canadian public about how they can get involved and help honey bees thrive.

 

Gardens help honey bees thrive

An important factor affecting honey bee health is access to adequate nutrition. Without collecting enough good sources of nectar and pollen from flowers during the warmer months, honey bee colonies can face serious challenges during the winter. So, what can you do to help honey bees thrive? Learn about planting a pollinator friendly garden below:

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Every Buzzing Gardens seed kit contains seed from five non-invasive varieties of flowering plants that are native to Canada and recommended by Pollinator Partnership Canada.

From honey bee to table

In recent years, farmers and scientists have worked more closely with beekeepers to keep their hives healthy. Whether this has meant developing new products to benefit honey bees or changing the way they use current products to better protect honey bees, the results have been innovative and collaborative strategies to mitigate risk.

But farmers aren’t just protecting honey bees. They’re also providing honey bees with pollen. Canola, for example, is one of the best flowering plants for bees, with a balance of protein and amino acids necessary to support a healthy hive. In many cases, beekeepers and farmers have a mutually beneficial relationship in which the bees, like livestock, are brought to the farm in order to graze on the pollen of the farm.

Create a new honey bee garden hot spot!

On average, honey bees can travel upwards of eight kilometres (five miles) to find pollen, which means bees travel a long way to find food!! The more Buzzing Gardens we plant, the more bees we’ll feed. The Honey Bee Coverage Map, updated whenever someone signs up, shows us where bees will now have more food to eat.

See an empty space? If you know a friend who lives in the area, tell them how to sign up and plant a garden of their own.

Our Buzzing Gardens program has ended for 2017. While this means that we won’t be sending out any more kits, it also means that we’ve successfully helped Canadians plant over 185,000 seed kits, enough pollinator-friendly gardens to cover over 85,000 square metres. Thank you for helping to make 2017 our best year yet!

Be sure to visit our learning centre to discover more about how honey bees are preparing for the winter season!

A special selection

In every seed packet, you’ll receive an assortment of five different seeds, specially selected to attract and nourish honey bees.
These include:

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History of honey bees in Canada

Where there are flowers, there are honey bees. Every spring we take for granted that we’ll find them in our gardens and parks. But did you know the honey bee isn’t native to Canada? Honey bees were brought here from England, and although bee populations and honey production are on the rise they haven’t always had the easiest time coping in the place we call home.

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