Bees

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

When we think of bees, honey might be the first thing that comes to mind. But these crea­tures pro­vide a lot than more just a sticky sweet treat and are in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to the har­mony of our ecosys­tems. Bees make it pos­si­ble for us to en­joy many of the foods that we eat.

One in ev­ery three bites of the food we eat is made pos­si­ble by pol­li­na­tors like the honey bee. Given how im­por­tant they are, we need to help keep them healthy.

Canada’s agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity has al­ways un­der­stood the value of pol­li­na­tors when it comes to feed­ing our grow­ing pop­u­la­tion. That’s why farm­ers across Canada have bee hives on their farm­land, so honey bees can be close to nu­tri­tious food sources like canola.

The agri­cul­ture com­mu­nity has made it easy for Cana­di­ans to help feed honey bees. There are sim­ple things can do like plant larger and more var­ied gar­dens, with flow­ers at­trac­tive to honey bees; and plant a mix of seeds that will bloom through­out the sea­son for longer flow­er­ing.

With the launch of a new na­tional pro­gram called Buzzing Gar­dens, Cana­di­ans can re­ceive a free pol­li­na­tor gar­den seed kit by vis­it­ing www.beesmat­ter.ca.

It’s up to all of us to help feed the honey bee. The Buzzing Gar­den seed kit is a healthy source of food for bees, and the pre-mixed seed packet is quick and easy to plant.

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