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.