Bee Haven Guiding Principles:
PROTECT BEES FROM PESTICIDES
Pesticides kill beneficial insects including pollinators and natural enemies that control common pests like aphids. Certain pesticides, including neonicotinoids, are highly toxic to honey bees in particular. Instead of using pesticides, explore organic ways to grow healthy plants, such as using compost for healthy soil and controlling pests with homemade remedies and biocontrols like ladybugs.
Provide a variety of food for bees
Consider clustered plantings with staggered blooming times so there is food throughout the year and particularly in the late summer and fall. Native plants are always best, and inter-planting and hedgerows provide additional forage on farms.
Provide a water source for bees
Provide a year-round, clean source of water for bees. This can be a river, pond, irrigation system, rainwater collection system or smaller scale system such as a bird bath. Shallow water sources can provide more than enough water for bees, without creating mosquitoes breeding grounds.
Provide a shelter for bees
Leave some ground undisturbed and untilled, as well as some dead trees and plants on the property for wild bees to nest in.
Join the movement, sign our pledge, create your own pesticide-free, flowering bee haven + do your part to become the change! With these four simple actions you can make a tremendous positive impact for bees + other pollinators, as well as our overall global environment!