$50,000 raised through TheBeekeeper.org is being used to launch Bee Friendly Farming Australia.
TheBeekeeper.org is an initiative of BeeInventive Pty Ltd, a certified B Corp.
Projects that BeeInventive is supporting in 2021:
Bee Friendly FarmingⓇ with Wheen Bee Foundation
$50,000 raised through TheBeekeeper.org is being used to launch Bee Friendly Farming Australia.
Bee Friendly Farming is a low-cost certification program that works with farmers and gardeners to preserve pollinator health.
BFF is overseen by a taskforce of experts, including Australian scientists and farmers.
It sets standards for sustainable land management on important concepts like planting pollinator food resources, providing nesting habitat, and incorporating an integrated pest management strategy.
We've got something in the works! Stay tuned for an announcement...
Projects supported in 2019 - 2020:
World Bee Count
The World Bee Count is doing something that's never been done before - a global pollinator count, and the creation of a worldwide pollinator map.
There are over 19,000 species of bees alone and they haven't all been described. To protect our pollinators we need to identify what’s out there. Counting bees is the first step towards understanding the reasons for their alarming decline and ultimately reversing it.
This digital citizen science and pollinator awareness initiative is harnessing the power of technology and the global community to catalogue pollinators around the globe. People everywhere are invited to download the World Bee Count app, capture an image of a pollinator, or their own beehive, and upload it to the interactive digital map.
BeeInventive is sponsoring the inaugural World Bee Count 2020, brought to you by HiveTracks & Appalachian State University.
Bee Friendly Farming Project by Pollinator Partnership
This project provides region-specific guidelines for farmers and growers interested in promoting pollinator health on their lands; and provides a self-certification initiative that encourages farms to follow these criteria:
Over 700 farms have certified in over 7 countries, with a major focus on the USA.
Green Carpenter Bee Conservation Project
The Green Carpenter Bee Conservation Project is helping to bring back the population of this iconic native bee species. This bee is extinct on mainland South Australia and Victoria, but still survives on Kangaroo Island and in New South Wales.
However, their survival on Kangaroo Island is threatened after extensive and repeated bushfires in conservation areas burnt much of the softwood materials required by the bees for nest sites.
In a world-first, researchers at the South Australia museum have successfully designed an artificial nest material for the Carpenter Bee. The Green Carpenter Bee Conservation project will install these artificial nest sites in fire-affected areas to enable the recovery and survival of the Green Carpenter Bee until natural nest materials become available again.
Ultimately, this method may be used to re-introduce the species to areas of the mainland where it is now extinct.
Projects supported in 2018:
Planting of demonstration pollinator gardens with plants suitable to the local native pollinators for ongoing use in education and community engagement.
"The proposed project involves working to create new pollinator gardens and enhance existing gardens at three nonprofit sites in Abilene, Texas involving on-going BCMGA activities and using those sites as venues for educating the public regarding creation and support of pollinator gardens throughout the community. The three sites include Swenson House, FaithWorks and First Central Presbyterian Church (FCPC) Meditation Garden. This project will also involve the BCMGA Greenhouse Committee which will identify, purchase and promulgate native plants for use at BCMGA projects. Junior Master Gardeners, another outreach of BCMGA will participate in pollinator education for children as allowed by the curriculum of participating schools. Children participating in Junior Master Gardeners, as well as children throughout the community, will be invited to join the educational events while some educational events will specifically target children."
"The grant from BeeInventive has inspired Master Gardeners to intensify their efforts to educate the community about the importance of pollinators and to research further the pollinators found in our region. We are very appreciative of BeeInventive which, as a private company, does not stand to profit directly from their generosity and who are an inspiring example of what good can come from business' commitment to fostering the well-being of our planet." - Carol Waters
Upgrading bee yard facilities with students to engage community in pollinator education initiatives.
'This funding has allowed us to grow our 2 bare-bones beehives into a fully developed educational apiary. It has allowed us to teach (over 3,000) people of all ages about bees much more effectively. Before this grant, we could not bring anyone to see our beehives because they were in a hard-to-access part of the farm. Today, honeybee education is a key part of every single field trip, tour and public event we have at the farm. It has felt very rewarding to teach 5 high school interns about beekeeping, and engage thousands of students, teachers and volunteers in pollinator protection. We were also especially grateful to meet Stuart last summer.'
- Melissa Amoabeng
Develop a curriculum module on beekeeping and the importance of pollinators for delivery to university and community members and run a demonstration workshop series.
"The intent of the Urban Pollinator Awareness Project is to develop a module to teach within the University of San Francisco's Environmental Studies curriculum and in association with student and volunteer groups, to inform the community of the need to help urban pollinators. Such support would include the planting of native plant gardens, building and installing pollinator houses, establishing direct engagement with youth groups, and increasing awareness through social and traditional media. We will also run beehive demonstrations in our community garden and train the trainer workshops. The project’s action group would be comprised of students and faculty from all aspects of USF's academic schools - Education, Business, Health Profession, Arts & Sciences, and Law. Such an approach helps the students gain experience working in a cross-functional group to achieve a common goal and brings a broader skill set to bear to enable action, education, and advocacy."
"Funding to support the Urban Pollinator Awareness Project has enabled us to dramatically increase our outreach efforts, both on the campus of the University of San Francisco, and in our larger neighboring communities." - Craig Petersen
Empower community to plant pollinator gardens by providing training and access to a mobile trailer equipped with all necessary tools and supplies.
"AdkAction will coordinate with partners to plan and implement pollinator conservation on public and private lands in the Adirondack Park. and create a shared-use ‘Mobile Pollinator Garden Creation Station’ to help reduce the cost and time required to install community-level pollinator gardens. This 2-year project will engage volunteers and local organizations to create 40 pollinator gardens that meet conservation requirements. The Creation Station will be an enclosed trailer containing tools and supplies necessary to create a pollinator garden. Currently, when a community group, volunteer, or homeowner decides to install a pollinator garden, they face many economic and logistical challenges. AdkAction will create the mobile, colorful trailer full of tools and supplies necessary to mobilize volunteers to create pollinator gardens quickly and efficiently. In addition, we will hold training sessions to empower landowners, volunteers, teachers, and other potential community leaders to install a new pollinator garden in their community."
Conduct workshops to educate the community about native bees and how to keep them, and stock a nursery with pollinator-friendly tree stock.
"Our project will fund a bi-annual Native Bee Workshop for the community to learn about native solitary bees and stingless bees. The event gives attendees the information they need to build their own Original Australian Trigona Hive (native beehive) and keep their own native stingless bees at home. Held near our nursery which stocks herbs and natives known to be stingless bee “favourites”, participants can buy native trees that are known to be good suppliers of resin and pollen. We would also install a fully operational native bee hive on site for members and students to observe, as well as serving as a prop for the workshops. We would like to establish permanent stock in our nursery of Lemon Scented Gum, swamp Bloodwood, Red Flowering Gum, Lemon Myrtle and Pin Cushion Hakea, as well as smaller herbs and flowers such as Basil, Daisies and Marigolds among many more. The profits from the sales will be used to purchase new stock supplies."
"This funding has been a great weight off our shoulders. It has allowed us produce a high quality native bee workshop to much more of the public. Perhaps more importantly though, the project has inspired many people to care for native bees themselves. Attendees of our workshop will know how to safely educate a hive into their box, and they know that they need to plant for a year-long supply of pollen and nectar. The community was also informed about the native solitary bees they might find in their garden and how to attract them and provide refuge for them." - Dale Tony Perkins
Investigate the true diversity of native bee species using DNA barcoding.
"Our project will provide a robust, accurate way to ascertain the true diversity of native bees in the urbanised region of the southwest WA biodiversity hotspot. Using cutting-edge molecular technology, to DNA barcode the native bee specimens I have collected during my surveys of native bees in the urbanised region of southwest WA.
Despite being a biodiversity hotspot, no systematic surveys of native bees have ever been undertaken. Most concerning is that most native bees in Australia have yet to be described. With no formal descriptions, and existing descriptions being of limited use when published over a century ago, and few taxonomic keys, providing an inventory of the species we have here is challenging. DNA barcoding, however, is a robust way, that has been applied across taxa, to delineate species. Each species has its own molecular signature, and by using the distinct DNA sequences, this allows species to be delineated with confidence and is a key tool used to complement traditional morphology-based taxonomic assignments."
""This funding has been immensely valuable and has meant I’ve been able to perform DNA barcoding analysis – a vital part in the puzzle in discovering and describing the biodiversity of native bees in this biodiversity hotspot. I will be able to now verify the species and provide members of the public and scientific community with an understanding of the true biodiversity of native bees that are in this region, and make the process of documenting native bees much easier for future researchers." - Kit Prendergast
Inspire pollinator champions through a school holiday education program for children hosted by a beekeeping club.
"Our goal is to educate 120-160 primary school-age children about bees and pollinators through a school holiday education program held at Illawarra Beekeepers facility in Sutherland. We plan to hold 6 x 3-hour sessions. During the session, students will learn about how pollinators provide an essential ecosystem service and ways they can help to protect bees and pollinators. They will learn about honey bees and how they differ from native bees and have an opportunity to dress in protective clothing and see inside a beehive, learn about harvesting honey from a Flow Hive versus a traditional hive. Participants will be shown how to make pollinator homes, and be given one, along with an information pack to take home to encourage home activities, like planting a flower garden, and encouragement to continue participating at the Club."
Support schools to install native bee hives and plant pollinator habitat.
"We install native beehives and gardens into NSW schools. We support schools to install: Australian Stingless Native (Tetragonula Carbonaria) beehives and create habitat by planting endemic native trees, shrubs and bush-tucker foods that provide habitat and food for pollinators, wildlife and ultimately humans. The garden design layout is structured around Aboriginal designs and symbols including the Rainbow Serpent, Emu, Meeting Place, or any other suitable and approved designs proposed by students. Once construction is completed the hive (or hives) are installed, and we mark the occasion with an ‘unveiling’ of the hive by an indigenous student, or nominated member of the school community. We adopt a whole school approach, by encouraging them to take ownership and ongoing management of the project. We have a number of schools on a waiting list for our ‘Trees for Bees’ program, and this project funding would enable another school to participate."