Our mission is to provide habitat and forage for honeybees, native bees and other pollinators while educating and sharing skills with the public about bees. Project Pollinate promotes the importance of holistic and natural approaches to farming, gardening and beekeeping, pollinator biodiversity and our relationship with the environment.
The keeping of bees paired with sustainable farming/gardening is a powerful way to support the environment while building strong, vibrant and connected communities. Project Pollinate in partnership with Santa Cruz Bee Co.,The Homeless Garden Project, Garfield Church, The Temple of the Bee , BASE Landscape Designs, Permaculture Design Course, Tigerlily Landscape and Terra Nova Landscaping are working to establish the first three hives and supporting pollinator gardens as a part of a much larger network across Santa Cruz County. This project is primarily concerned with educating and sharing skills with the public and to provide an ongoing resource for community members and wildlife.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), aerial pesticides and neonic treated plants are just some of the factors facing the honeybee and other pollinators in our ecosystem. As recently as September 4th aerial sprays are being attributed to the death of over 46 hives or 2.5 million bees. In addition, pests and parasites, some of which first arriving in North America in the 1980’s & early 1990’s, are reproducing faster than bees can handle. The only way we can help to stabilize our pollinator populations is by creating pesticide free, nutrient rich habitats that are protected from chemical interference in which pollinators can flourish.
Not only is the practice of tending and caring for bees have positive impacts on the environment, but it is also beneficial for the communities where the hives and gardens reside. Bridging generations and backgrounds, beekeeping is a proven educational method to build community while encouraging respect, inclusion, hard work, entrepreneurship, cooperation, trust and self worth. This interaction with the ecosystem not only encourages learning, it also develops stewardship and an appreciation for the connection we share with the earth.
- To establish three initial hives and train a core contingent of community members in the art of beekeeping.
- To introduce the larger population to beekeeping as a means of fostering respect for the environment and others, cooperation, self worth, trust and education.