Bees are responsible for one out of three bites of food we eat — and Crown Bees works to safeguard the planet’s future food supply by increasing the population of native bees in North America.
Although the plight of the honey bee has been well publicized, many
people are unaware that there are more than 4,000 other species of bees.
These native bees can work side-by-side with honey bees to pollinate
home gardens as well as major food crops such as cherries and almonds.
Crown Bees is on a mission to increase public awareness about native
bees and to build a network of “Bee Boosters” – concerned citizens who
raise, harvest and share millions of gentle bees in their backyards,
communities and farms. This grassroots approach helps supply the
millions of managed bees needed to meet future commercial food
Bee Booster can raise mason bees inexpensively while increasing their
own garden yields. Crown Bees provides support with tips for success and
affordable bee-safe products. At the end of the season, Bee Boosters
can trade excess cocoons for free supplies or cash through the company’s
unique Bee BuyBack program. Cocoons sent back to Crown Bees are then
sorted and distributed in the same local region where the bees were
“This new network will help take the pressure off the honey bees,” says
Dave Hunter, owner of Crown Bees. “We want to ensure that farmers have
abundant pollinators for their crops in the future. It’s a table-to-farm
model that starts in gardeners’ backyards”
While honey bees may be the best known and widely managed pollinators,
gentle solitary bees can also bring food to the table – and they rarely
sting. Native bees do not make honey – their only job is to pollinate
fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers.
According to Hunter, an increased population of native bees is a key
answer to the troubled honey bees. These gentle food-making bees are
“Working together, mason bees and honey bees can ensure full plates and
full stomachs in our future,” says Hunter. “We must diversify the
insects that pollinate our food. Native bees are a great solution.”
For more information about Crown Bees or to join the Bee Booster network, visit crownbees.com.