How You Can Help Honeybees in April

ImageEvery week, there's another news story about why honeybees are in danger and how to prevent their losses from happening.

"Healthy Bees, Healthy Lives" is the name of a campaign created by The Beez Kneez (we sell their fine honey at Seward Co-op) to protect pollinators from harmful pesticides and other chemicals. From The Beez Knees website:

In September of 2013, The Beez Kneez, LLC lost our Blake School [urban] hive in Minneapolis to a legal pesticide application. Our hive and the hives of two hobby beekeepers within a 1/4 mile of each other lost thousands of bees in a 24-hour period.

We underwent an investigation with the MN Department of Agriculture and the University of MN Bee Lab, and we able to determine that our hives were killed by a commonly used pesticide, sprayed on the foundations of buildings to kill unwanted insects.

As a result they started Healthy Bees, Healthy Lives to promote awareness about pesticide-use and how vulnerable it makes pollinators in our modern, chem-heavy world. For example, sign the pledge at the above link "to maintain a chemical free green space," pay a minimum of $10, and you'll receive your choice of very cool yard sign designs.

And Seward Co-op is joining the Healthy Bees, Healthy Lives campaign, too. All through April we'll have store-specials, fun events, and we'll be highlight special honey-based treats, too.

April 2-April 15: Beez Kneez Honey will be on special, and so will Honey Beez Cream Puffs from the Seward Co-op Bakery.

Thursday, April 3: What's Going on with the Bees? Class at Seward Co-op from 6–8 p.m. Sign up at Customer Service.

Saturday, April 5: Healthy Bees, Healthy Lives Demo Event: Taste Beez Kneez Honey and Seward Co-op Honey Beez Cream Puffs. 3-6 p.m.

Thursday, April 10: Dandelion-Honey Pastry Chef Challenge at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, where local pastry chefs will compete against one another, building pastries that contain the key ingredient: dandelion honey. Our own pastry wizards Mary, Ann, and Amanda from the Seward Co-op Bakery will be entering the chef challenge with the Seward Bakery's Honey Beez Cream Puffs.

More info below: