Honey for children in need.
Organized by: John Warren
Nearly 1.3 million homeless students were identified by public schools last year. We have a project that can help children and the families that have become homeless.
Bees make honey! When honey bees are in a location with plenty of flowering vegetation they produce lot's of honey. On average, 60 pounds of honey can be built up by the bees in a 10 frame box. The sale of excess honey will be given to charities which help children that are homeless, malnurished and in need of our help.
What we do:
We capture swarms of honey bees when they occur and place them into new, man made hive boxes, then place them in a safe, non-commercial and chemical free locations with enough flowering vegetation to support them.
Our current primary goal for the placement of hives is to purchase land where the environment for the bees placed there, will be safe and chemical free. Right now, we are placing hives on privately owned land that contains groves, flowering crops or other flowering plants and work with state officials to ensure these hives remain in full compliance of any applicable laws. However, these sites are temporary and uncontrollable and in many cases access to the bee hives placed there is limited.
We need a base of operation to continue this work. We need the space to plant flowering vegetation and ensure the location remains chemical free and we need your help to make this happen!
As this program grows, we will start training unemployed workers to manage these bee hives, as well as how to build hive boxes, work in our lab or as office administrators. Through on the job training they will learn the skills to become registered beekeepers and we will also assist them in job placement either in beekeeping or other related fields.
The resulting by-product of honey will be used in the following ways and will follow in priority;
1.) Bees must have honey to sustain them through times of low pollen flow and honey must be made available to them at all times.
2.) the excess honey will be donated to other non-profit organizations which fall under the 501(c) (3) section of the internal revenue code and are operated exclusively for humanitarian, educational and charitable purposes where children will be the major recipient or benefactor.
3.) further excesses of honey may be sold to raise funds for providing educational materials to educators or obtain more hives or hive building materials or land or any other item which would be used to benefit the bees and bee colonies.
We will obtain acreage suitable for a base of operation for office space, research lab and lab equipment, queen rearing, hive building, honey storage and flowering vegetation for bees.
Any and all locations will be made available to any entomology department of any institution of higher education to further enhance studies or research in the field of bees or beekeeping and will make available any data collected through this effort as well as access to our lab and lab equipment.
Our goal is also to assist the bee management community through our edeavour in discovering causes to bee decline through and to determine if colony collapse disorder (CCD) is being caused by one specific infliction or a combination of factors and to establish if bee decline is due to natural means such as a natural deficit disorder (NDD).
At times, these goals may change. However, these are our current goals. What is not changing is the decline in bee population since the decline hit a major increase in the 1950’s where there were 4.5 million estimated colonies and has continued downward to this day to a present estimation of less than 2 million colonies.
Commercial beekeeping is a necessity and it sometimes requires the transport of thousands of hives many miles by way of 18 wheel trucks to pollinate crops such as the almond fields of California. We agree with some that say this is stressful for the bees but, we also agree it is a necessary event due to the lack of natural life sustaining, flowering plants in that location to support the number of colonies required to pollinate that crop and others year after year.
Since our efforts will place hives of bee colonies in safe, non-commercial and chemical free locations, they will not be allowed to be moved unless absolutely necessary and since the splitting of colonies is a natural process we will be creating a reserve of honey bees in case there is a catastrophic honey bee collapse in the commercial sector.
We therefore ask for your help in this endeavour! Please share our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ahbra.org) and our web site (www.ahbra.org) with your friends and colleagues. Make a donation to this cause or ask your friends to make a donation to this cause on our behalf.
Thank you so very much!