(from Honey-Maker, page 176)
We have many ways to begin now to help the honey bee. We need not look far to do so. Among them, we might consider:
Learning where our food comes from and how much of it requires or benefits from pollination
Planting a vegetable garden that feeds both ourselves and the worker’s colony, even at times when other resources are unavailable
Cultivating an herb garden; the worker will be able to visit late in the season when squashes and blackberries no longer bloom
Choosing bee plants and planting bee gardens
Adding bee plants to junctions between large agricultural fields
Incorporating inviting ground covers, such as sedum, in our gardens
Occasionally letting plants such as leek and radish “go to seed”
Planting bee-attractive cover crops, such as crimson clover
Allowing dandelions and clover to enter our lawns; the worker never tires of either
Alternatively, planting a clover lawn or a lawn of native grasses
Eliminating or using reduced amounts of herbicides and pesticides
Choosing the least toxic formulations and least hazardous means of applying herbicides and pesticides if we do use them
Purchasing honey and other products from the hive from local sources—a beekeeper, a farmers market, or a fruit stand
Continuing to learn about honey bees and other pollinators
Telling others about honey bees
Supporting beekeeping in all areas— which may require changes in legislation and local ordinances, particularly in some urban areas
Helping a beekeeper—or becoming one!
Taking a moment each day to appreciate the wonder of it all
Sometimes all it takes to see the world anew is a different experience of what we tend to perceive as simply ordinary. Beargrass Press, located in Portland, Oregon, publishes materials that offer an opportunity to glimpse beneath the surface of the natural world, whether a river, a beehive, or ourselves.
As we expand our awareness and understanding, we enrich our capacity for appreciation and wonder. We have much to celebrate!
In Honey-Maker, we discover:
Honey-Maker: How the Honey Bee Worker Does What She Does tells the story of the worker bee, the one we see in our flower and vegetable gardens, the one that now continues to make headline news. She is part of the honey bee colony that includes a queen, hundreds of drones, and thousands of additional workers. And, though there was a time when our association lay in the priceless honey and wax she produces, today we depend on her to aid the survival not only of the colony but also our own.
Learn how the honey bee worker does what she does—and why it matters so much to all of us.
Caution: Be prepared to be inspired by the small, golden insect we know as the honey bee.
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