A new way to put Man and Honeybee back together again.
Generations ago beekeeping was something a lot of people practiced. Chances are you knew an Aunt / Uncle / Grandparent who used to keep bees. Slowly over the years, for many reasons, commercial scale beekeeping grew and the bee homesteader started to become a thing of the past.
Now, with the honeybee population in trouble, lots of folks want to get on board and help this fascinating creature (who's respsonsible for 1/3 of our food supply) thrive again. But a lot of people we've talked too feel helpless, that they don't know where to start, and that's where the one million bee project comes into play.
The one million bee project is a revolutionary experiment to try and partner humans and bees back together again. Through sponsor support and participation we want to prove that organic, cutting edge beekeeping can help both honeybee and human to support each other symbiotically again. Could people just start beekeeping again? Sure, but the truth is in today's world, it is not as feasible as it once was. You might not want to upset your neighbours, or you might be busy with family and work. Perhaps you like to travel weeks at a time? This lifestyle might not
be conducive to having bees at home.
The exciting part for our sponsors is now they can enjoy many of the aspects of experiencing the world of honeybees conveniently and at their own pace. At the same time you will be helping to foster our goal of raising and supporting 20 hives at our apiary in a healthy, organic and natural environment while educating the masses on why the success of the honeybee is directly related to the success of humanity.
The first step in having a successful apiary is a good home. This requires an undisturbed environment with shelter from the elements and close to nectar and pollen sources during the non-winter months.
We'd like to think that our apiary is a virtual paradise for bees. Our 2 acre location provides shelter from the wind to the north and west. It is also close to hundreds of natural meadows and forests from which to forage. Also nearby are a diverse set of farms that grow bee friendly crops such as sunflower, pumpkin, peppers, soybeans and more.
Tim Holmes, the resident beekeeper, happens to work in the field of software and technology, so it just stands to reason that our apiary be on the cutting edge of organic beekeeping.
"Thanks to this sponsorship program, we can invest in the hardware and software aspect of our honey making friends, which I believe is a key component that we as humans can bring to the table to help them thrive," says Tim. "We are using the most highly advanced hives, new organic treatments for the varroa mite, and I'll be working on an app that will track and monitor each hives viability."
To begin with, our apiary now exclusively uses the ApiMaye beehive, a revolutionary improvement on the standard Langstroth box hive which has not changed much in the last 150 years. "We are not driving around in Model T's anymore, so why are we still using old outdated beehives?" says Shelley McQuade, the other half of Tim Holmes and the onemillionbee project. "Climate change is probably part of the reason for colony loss. One of the ways these hives help our bees deal with that is that they are insulated to protect them from excessive weather, and mimic the R value of a real tree where bees would normally reside. This is something the standard 3/4 inch pine hives just cannot do. After all, we live in insulated homes, why should we expect any less for our honeybees?"