As I said in my FaceBook post, Sara and I are moving in a different direction with our stories.  Sara has much more to share and we know honey bee awareness and education is important but Sara has been showing me how book number three will center around gratitude and expressing gratitude.  I am not sure what this will look like on the web site yet but I will keep everyone posted.

Now, here is a wonderful company that we are sharing. Maisie Jane’s is a company producing all kinds of nut products.  I order their cashew butter and have navigated their site which also has a tab, “Save Our Bees”, that is full of information about the plight and lives of the honey bees.  There are so many companies and businesses that depend on the work of the honey bees.  Thank you again for all your support.  Enjoy the stories on Maisie Jane’s site.

 


 

GREEN ROOFS – Sara is always looking to new ways to support her honey bees. The idea that the roof of a building can be used as a “green” space is a wonderful concept for any city environment. Emory University in Atlanta is furthering the work in sustainable practices by revitalizing the “green roof” concept. There are so many benefits being found including lowering the energy cost for the building. Hopefully, the work at Emory will catch on in other businesses around Atlanta and our area too. What a great project for the agricultural programs or groups in schools. Read the entire article HERE. There is so much “green” goodness in the practice.

 


 

This week I wanted to share another resource about the wonderful product we receive from the busy honey bees. Honey is a food that we take from the honey bee’s larder, stored for their own survival. Grit magazine is an informative publication for consumers and farmers. After reading this article, one will see the amazing work by the honey bee that goes into creating the honey we consume.

You can also read more about Backyard Bees and Honey by visiting Grit’s Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey. The print version (3rd edition) with even more articles is also available for purchase HERE.

 


 

As I explore the world of “blogging”, I am amazed at how many resources are coming to me. There are so many simple things we can do to support our environment and all the interconnected living things on Earth. HERE is a link to Bob’s Red Mill products on whose site is a page dedicated to the honey bee.

 

At the bottom is a list of resources that also contain vital information about the plight of the honey bee. Take a few moments to read and be amazed as I was about the life and needs of an integral part of our food web – the honey bee.

 


 

I wanted to share with you a wonderful resource and publication: The Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin. We may not all be farmers but we are all consumers. This year is the 100th anniversary of the biweekly publication.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s publication not only advertises items for sale, it also includes articles on a wide range of topics that impact our economy and environment all for only $10 a year subscription. Visit the website: agr.georgia.gov

Here is a sample of an article that “Sara” enjoyed reading. Scroll down to page 6 for the article:

Protecting Pollinators: Cities can be safe havens, rich sources of nectar, for bees


Most people love a little honey on their biscuit in the morning or in a cup warm tea at night. Did you know that you can often find local bee keepers that provide a better, tastier option than a chain grocery store? My local honey provider is Blue Haven Bee Company in Canon, Ga. and I have enjoyed their bee and honey-related products since I first found them!

They provide raw honey and handcrafted natural products such as honey soaps, body products and candles. Visit their website, bluehavenbee.com, to see at all they have to offer and support this great family bee business!

 


Cheerios Does Their Part in Bringing Back the Bees! – Have you seen the new campaign that Cheerios has advertised? They set a goal of spreading 100 million wildflower packets from Vesey’s Seeds to encourage repopulation and growth of the bee populations. There’s even a map to see where people are planting them. If you are on social media, follow their cause using the hashtag #BringBacktheBees.

To see how close Cheerios is to meeting their goal, visit their website HERE.

 


Did You Know?bee-191629_1920

  • The honey bee is the state insect of Georgia.
  • Honey bees are the only insects that make food for human consumption.
  • Bees smell with their antenna and taste with their feet.
  • Queen bees lay 1500 eggs every day.
  • A bee’s wings beat 200 times a second.
  • The nectar from 5 million flowers is required to make 1 pint of honey.
  • There are 50,000 to 60,000 bees in a colony.