While we should honor our Earth everyday, I hope all of you get a chance to do something special today to celebrate and help nourish our planet. I had the opportunity to lend a hand the other weekend in constructing a number of beehives, which served as a fantastic learning experience.
Bees are essential for pollinating many of the crops that feed us. They bring us blueberries, alfalfa, apples, berries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, avocados, squash, broccoli, onions, and many more plants of which can’t survive without the buzzing farmworkers. In fact, $15 billion worth of U.S. crops per year are pollinated by bees, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sadly, since the 1940s, the amount of managed honey bee colonies has dropped from 5 million to just 2.5 million today. A phenomena known as Colony Collapse Disorder seems to be overtaking a significant portion of the bee population, which you can read more about here.
Helping to support bee growth is super important. There are many ways to do this, including reducing our reliance on pesticides, one of the factors believed to play a role in CCD. Building beehives can also help foster homes for bees within designated areas.
To check out some photos of beehive building in action in which I was able to take part, click here.