15 Coolest Things that Happened on the Way to Planting 2 Billion Flowers
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Over the last two years, nearly 1 million people and 117 organizations have joined together to support Feed a Bee’s mission of planting more flowers to create more forage for pollinators around the country. Thanks to the support of these people and partners across the country, we are proud to announce that Feed a Bee has planted over 2 billion wildflowers across the country! It’s been quite the journey, and we are so thankful for everyone who has participated to support bee health. Here are some of the craziest and coolest things that have happened along the way:
#1 – Helped nearly 900,000 people plant their own pollinator gardens by giving out FREE seed packets.
Check out the people sharing their #FeedABee experience!
#2 – Teamed up with The Wildlife Society for the first annual fall planting tour, planting 50 million native flowers across four states in six weeks.
#3 – Planted a rooftop garden in our nation’s capital on the University of the District of Columbia’s campus.
#4 – Hosted media and bloggers to cook with an executive chef and tour the Feed a Bee forage on a world-renowned golf facility (where a scene in A League of Their Own was filmed)
#5 – Introduced the world to Beatrice Blume, and brought her story to life on the set of The Walking Dead
#6 – Starred in a photo shoot with the North Carolina Department of Transportation at one of their world-renowned roadside gardens on the side of I-85.
#7 – Had American AgriWomen spread the word about Feed a Bee throughout their cross-country tour.
#8 – Received the cutest thank you cards from the next generation of bee enthusiasts!
#9 – Threw seed balls at Piedmont Park in Atlanta with the Georgia Commissioner of Ag, and installed a seed ball machine for park attendees to continue planting.
#10 – Picked and sampled watermelon right from the field after educating participants on pollinator forage and habitat in Clemson, South Carolina.
#11 – Took selfies with Vitamin Bee at Farm Progress Show, outside of Springfield, Illinois.
#12 – Celebrated North Carolina’s first official Honey Bee Day by planting flowers with Richard Reich from the NC Department of Agriculture.
#13 – Made bee-autiful artwork and performed pollinator experiments in classrooms and playgrounds in Memphis and New Orleans.
#14 – Shared over 10,000 bee emojis on Twitter (we planted a wildflower for each emoji shared!)
#15 – Trucked across the country (everywhere from Hawaii, California, Illinois, New Orleans, and Georgia) to spread the word about bee health and the importance of forage for pollinators
It’s been an amazing two years, and we have been overwhelmed with the amount of positive support for Feed a Bee. Thank you to our 117 partners and the nearly one million people across the country who showed their support. Thank you for planting flowers, watching the video, tweeting a bee, and helping spread the importance of pollinator health. We look forward to continuing Feed a Bee in 2017, and planting more wildflowers to continue to increase forage for bees around the country.
“Every new forage patch, no matter how big or small, helps to increase the health of pollinators.”
–Becky Langer, Bayer North American Bee Care Center