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Free Seeds to Help the Honeybees

By June 8, 2008

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As vanishing honeybees continue to threaten our food supply, companies and organizations are helping by getting citizens involved. How can you help save the honeybees? Simple - plant some bee-friendly flowers.

Wildflowers.
Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey

Burt's Bees, a company known for its Earth-friendly personal care products, already gave away 50,000 wildflower seed packets this year. If you missed the Burt's Bees campaign, you can still get bee-friendly wildflower seeds from Häagen-Dazs by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Häagen-Dazs Saves the Honey Bees Program/Domino
50 San Francisco Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94133

Häagen-Dazs even ran a full-page ad in Newsweek last month, with the headline "plant this page. save a bee." The ad was printed on a recycled linen sheet, with wildflowers seeds embedded in the page. And don't forget, you can still support honeybee research by buying a delicious pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

For gardeners who want to do more for the bees, check out The Great Sunflower Project. In addition to planting the free native sunflower seeds provided, you are asked to provide some information about bee activity in your garden. Simply register with a valid email address, describe your garden (a container, your backyard, or even a public garden), and time how long it takes 5 bees to visit your sunflower. That's it! But hurry - they're only offering seeds to people who request them by June 15th.

Comments

June 9, 2008 at 8:17 am
(1) mike says:

Who says there’s a wildflower nectar/pollen shortage? And what seeds are being distributed nationwide? This is bad.

Corporations giving directly to apiary research makes sense. Spreading who knows what seed that comes from who knows where across the country doesn’t. Spreading (likely) weed seed around indiscriminately will not change anything regarding colony collapse.

October 18, 2008 at 10:02 am
(2) Stephanie says:

Mike: They arent spreading whatever seeds to where-ever not one of the seeds on the list is invasive, they are seeds like coneflower & sunflowers, Im sorry but Ive never seen sunflowers take over like kudzu or air potatoe, yet some people still plant those, maybe you should do some research first, (I did.) & then type.

Have a great one, I for one am going to save honeybees.

March 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm
(3) R.A says:

I am a new-ish beekeeper who was raised by a very exprinced beekeeper of many years who dose it organicly. We both agree its not a lack of flowers thats killing them,its humans.

The honey bee kill off is not due to a lack in flowers but due to all of the CHEMICALS that us idoit humans put on EVERYTHING that honey bees pollinate.
We already know how bad these fertilizers are that big crop farmers(& everybody else) use, thats why we are all so into the organic & going green thing right? Well whos to say that the honey bees (along with everything else) aren’t being affected by all these chemicals too?

When the bees pollenate a plant that has been sprayed with harmful chemicals the bee brings that pollen (which is coated in chemicals) back to the hive not knowing it will kill the whole hive.

The chemicals that Cailforna uses on their fruit trees has been baned in France for the very reason that they too were having all of their honey bees die,only they figured it out and were willing to change to save them.

Its not a shortage of Flowers thats killing the bees, its a shortage of Smartness among the U.S people that is killing them.
Plant all the flowers you want but until we get rid of the chemicals it won’t mkae that much of a difference.

February 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm
(4) Terry says:

After extensive research on this subject, there are many various reasons for the honey bee dying. One small part of the equation is lack of a variety of flowers (pollen) for the bees. This is in addition to all of the other factors that play into this tragedy. Some of us are limited as to what we can do to help out and planting wildflowers is something that pretty much everyone can do to help. We can’t all become beekeepers or fight all of the many pesticides and other reasons for the problem. Don’t come down on those of us who are trying to help in our small ways. These add up!

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