Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Garden Media Group is buzzing with excitement as it announces its newest client for 2015, Crown Bees. The gentle bee company partners with Garden Media in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of mason bees to the world’s food supply.
This spring, Garden Media will oversee Crown Bees’ dynamic crowdfunding effort to raise awareness about how native bees can supplement the work of our troubled honey bees and solve a key threat to our planet’s food sustainability.
“No question Garden Media has the experience we need to create support for our mission,” says Dave Hunter, owner of Crown Bees. “Even more important is that they also share our passion for change and social responsibility to help provide a bee that is designed to create food rather than honey."
Headquartered outside Seattle in Woodinville, Wash., Crown Bees seeks to supplement the beleaguered honey bee population with a superior pollinator — the mason bee.
The company’s mission is to expand the species of bees used to pollinate 1/3 of our food supply.
“Our action-based solution is designed to increase the population of mason bees and other gentle bees by building a network of concerned people who raise and harvest millions of gentle bees in backyards, communities and farms across America.” Hunter says. “The backyard gardener is central to increasing our bees and sustaining our food supply.”
Gardeners are early adapters to new ways for raising healthy food and flowers, Hunter explained. As more mason bees are raised in yards and small orchards across North America, Crown Bees buys the excess bees. Under its Bee BuyBack program, the company trades excess mason bee cocoons for free supplies or cash. These bees are “rehomed” with other gardeners and orchardists.
Crown Bees is the only company that helps gardeners complete the bee harvesting circle in an easy and efficient way. This year they expect to get an additional 100,000 mason bee cocoons from the Bee BuyBack program.
Susan McCoy, president of Garden Media, said she is looking forward to igniting public interest about the mason bee, a gentle, amazingly efficient pollinator.
“We’ve partnered with Crown Bees because we believe wholeheartedly in their mission, and look forward to working together to educate people about these critical pollinators,” says McCoy. “It’s a pretty simple message with a big impact on sustaining our food supply. Honey bees make honey. Mason bees make food.”
For more information about Crown Bees, visit crownbees.com or subscribe to their Bee-Mail.