Be yourself… Unless you can be a bee, then be a bee.
Long days flitting from flower to flower doing an important job. Busy in the hive making one of the most awesome natural products that can be found. Sounds idyllic. However our bees are under threat and we can help keep them in our ecosystems.
Save our Bees II Australia is a great website full of facts and ideas for you to do to help keep the bees safe. Also check out The Urban Beehive for info about starting your own beehive in suburbia or city. Be the Cure is an Australian site which tells you where you can purchase Australian made Honey to support local honey producers. You can also visit Aussie Bee to find out what the Australian Native Bee Research Centre is doing. Excerpt from the Save our Bees II Australia website
“One in every three bites we eat are from foods that need to be pollinated by insects. Honey bees are responsible for the majority of that. These include Almonds, Apples, Blueberries, Watermelons, Cherries, Onions, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Various Chili Peppers, Tangerine, Coconuts, Hazelnuts, Cucumber, Lemons, Limes, Carrots, Strawberries, Cotton, Walnuts, Sunflowers, Various Beans, Apricots, Plums, Pomegranates, Pears, Black Berries, Sesame, Eggplant, Cocoa, Cranberries, Vanilla, Tomato, and Grapes not to mention all the countless flowering plants that we don’t harvest food from that also require honey bee pollination.
With thousands of species of bees and other pollinators found around the world you may wonder why we have become so dependent on just a single species? Whatever the reason, the disappearance of honey bees on earth would most definately have a huge impact on agriculture and our food supply as a whole and it’s not an option we can afford to try.”
Be A Bee Project
So as our tribute to the mighty bee in all it’s sizes and capacities we would love for you to stitch your own “Be a Bee” project to remind us all to take care of our world. We encourage you to consider placing some bee friendly plants in your garden or pots. We would love to see your pictures on the Facebook Page of any plants you add to your garden after reading this post. Please also share your work in progress of our Be a Bee stitchery.
We will be donating 20% of sales from this pattern to Save the Bees to help their work.
“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others” Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople 347-407
Click the stitchery picture to be taken to the product page in our shop.
Raylee & Barbara