What can you do?
We all hear about bee populations declining. Some areas have seen the population decline by over 50%. Bees are too tiny to defend themselves, so let's give them a hand.
Our Master Beekeeper, Courtney, recommends the following:
- Don't use pesticides. Or herbicides. Or any of the ‘cides. If you absolutely must, wait until dusk, after bees and other beneficial pollinators have gone home. Spray on a still evening. And NEVER spray near a hive.
- Buy local honey. Yes, it is more expensive. But buying local honey supports the natural process of honey extraction and helps supports local, healthy hives. Bonus – it really does help with allergies!
- Plant flowers! Easy. The more trees, shrubs and flowers we have in our yards, the better that is for the bees. That's food for them, and natural beauty for you! Something as simple as a rosemary bush will keep hundreds of bees happy. The best idea is to plant a variety of things that flower in early spring through fall, when natural food supply is scarce. Giving them access to varied food throughout the year creates stronger hives. Those hives in turn create genetically strong future hives. We believe in this at Coppola. We let the flowers in between the vines bloom all year. We planted red poppies specifically for the bees, as it provides food later in summer when there isn't much to be found.
- Start your own hive. It sounds intimidating, but it is actually surprisingly easy. Our Master Bee Keeper says “For years, I had 2 hives in my tiny backyard & no neighbors ever noticed, until I brought them jars of honey. No one got stung (except for me and my dog, who tries to eat bees).”