Eight Reasons We <3 Our Feed a Bee Partners

Monday, April 18, 2016
By: Dr. Becky Langer, Bayer North American Bee Care Program, Project Manager
8 reasons we love our Feed A Bee Partners

Since Feed a Bee launched, we’ve been overwhelmed with gratitude for our amazing campaign partners each and every day. Thanks to their enthusiastic support, we have several thousand more acres of forage for pollinators at a time when we’re relying on them more and more. In addition to planting, our partners have educated their customers, members, friends, neighbors and other stakeholders about just how important bees are to the foods and landscapes we enjoy. We now have an even bigger network of pollinator-enthusiasts thanks to their efforts!


As our Feed a Bee family continues to grow, we’re excited to announce today that we’ve secured more than 100 Feed a Bee partners to date! Below are just some of the reasons we appreciate the hard work that each and every one of our partners have put in, featuring some of our newer “Bee-FFs”:


1. They put the “bee” in “bee-autifying” our outdoor landscapes.


Recently, a few cities and other organizations approached us for a way to incorporate more flowers into their communities while helping pollinators at the same time. Shout out to our partners who are helping beautiful their cities and states: Duke Energy, Plant City Commons Community Garden, Marshall County Farm Bureau and the town of Aberdeen, North Carolina.


2. They’re sweet as honey and spread the pollinator love!


Planting forage is just one of the ways our partners help. Others take it upon themselves to spread the word about Feed a Bee and the importance of forage by giving away seed packets in their communities, to members of their organizations and more! These groups include Massey Services, Action Pest Control, Bowman’s Pro Turf and Honey Feast Inc.


3. They educate the next generation of pollinator enthusiasts.


To ensure our pollinator friends are here to stay now and in future generations, several of our partners have introduced learners of all ages to beekeeping and how we can all do our part to help, including the Hays County Texas A&M Agrilife Extension – Youth Programs and South Carolina Department of Corrections.


4. They prove it’s relaxing to help the bees!


Several golf courses and resorts have joined the movement by planting forage on their property. What better way to improve your golf swing AND help pollinators?! Some of our newest partners include French Lick Resort and Lake Marion Golf Course


5. They serve up 5-star meals for their pollinator patrons.


Growers and beekeepers are united allies when it comes to helping pollinators. They both rely on the tiny but mighty workers, whether it’s pollinating their crops or producing their honey. Some of our new beekeeping and farming partners include Bob Wyffels, John Dovin, Long Run Farms, Thomas Goodrich, Bogle Farm, 4 Hounds Honey, Meadowview Flowers and Wilbur Ellis Company.


6. They’re loud and proud of their Feed a Bee support!


One of our newest partners, the National Potato Council joined to help its members increase forage on their farms. By becoming Feed a Bee partners, each grower receives an official Feed a Bee partner plot sign to trumpet their support, just like R.D. Offutt Company, LaJoie Growers, Schroeder Brother’s Farms and Goehl Ranches.


7. They make helping pollinators fun!


Many of our partners seize every opportunity to give out seeds at festivals, fairs and other events in their community. Everyone knows nothing goes better with a deep-fried corndog than a pack of wildflower seeds to help bees! Some of these partners include City of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; North Carolina Agricultural Aviation Association; Oregon State Athletics and the Spokane Interstate Fair.


8. They help to make our planet a better place through additional conservation and restoration efforts.


Some of our nonprofit partner organizations like Pheasants Forever and The Wildlife Society are dedicated to restoring wild landscapes of all kinds across the nation. They joined Feed a Bee to help beautify these spaces with wildflowers and help pollinators. It’s a win-win!


These are just a few of the reasons we’re so happy to work with amazing organizations like these. To view a complete list of Feed a Bee partners, visit FeedABee.com and check out our interactive map to find a partner near you.


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