Here are just a few ways I currently "Give Back"...
Knowledge is power! These are just a few groups who have allowed me to make a presentation and share my knowledge of the honey bee and how vital they are to our ecosystem:
Local Rotary Clubs,
Garden Leagues, Girl Scouts, MEarth Summer Camps, Earthbound Farm's Farm Stand Student Tours,
Carmel Valley Library, Carmel Unified School District Students & Classrooms
2) Local nonprofit organizations
By partnering with local nonprofit groups I am able to support their mission and bring awareness to the plight of the honeybee. These are a few recent organization partnerships:
The Homeless Garden Project, MEarth, Soberanes Fire Relief, Community, Flavor and Harmony, Monterey County Fair, The Boy Scouts.
So when you purchase a jar of honey from the Carmel Honey Company, or place a honey bee pollination hive in your backyard, YOU just contributed to the research and education of the public on the importance of pollination and the benefits of the honey bee.
3) Honey and bee research donations
I seek out and make a donation to organizations that are expanding in honey bee research and education efforts. They typically address the production, nutritional value, health benefits, economics, and/or quality standards of honey bees and honey. Here are a few groups I have made donations to:
2017 - Project Apis m.
2016 - The National Honey Board
2015 - The El Nino Bee Lab at UC Davis
2014 - The Honey and Pollination Center