We Are All Beekeepers!

Think of it as “bee caring”. There are many ways to be involved with bees and beekeeping. When you nurture native pollinators, grow bee-friendly gardens, help to end pesticide use, create positive bee ordinances or support a healthy ecosystem, you are a beekeeper.

10 Things You Can Do

Watch bees in the garden and see how many different ones you can spot. Go to the library and find a good book. Read beekeeper blogs on the internet. Attend a bee workshop at your school or club. Write a paper or do a project.
Bees and other pollinators like perennial herbs, sunflowers and milkweed and that’s just a sample. Buy seeds or seedlings. Plant them in your lawn and garden. Give them as gifts.
Beautify your neighborhood and make it a bee-friendly paradise. Dandelions supply a big spring harvest for bees. Let dandelions go to seed and you’ll have more dandelions next year. Diversify. Plant white clover. Or just rip up your lawn and plant bee-friendly plants.
Find alternatives to insecticides, such as vinegar and soapy water. Ask your neighbors to stop using insecticides and tell them how they are bad for bees, butterflies, dogs, cats and you.
Plant a garden, grow your own food and make friends. Or just volunteer to help someone with their garden.
Invite a beekeeper to place a beehive in your yard. Hang out watching the bees. Involve your neighbours, so it becomes a community activity.
Become a backyard beekeeper, a front yard beekeeper or help maintain a hive in your community garden or school. Try “alternative” hives, eg “top bar” and “Mason”.
Learn about your food from the people who grow it and who wake up at 3 am to bring it to you fresh. Meet your local beekeeper and ask if she uses chemicals in her hives. If the answer is “yes”, encourage her to stop. If the answer is “no”, buy her delicious honey.
Local produce means less need for fossil fuels to bring your food to market. True “organic” means no pesticides for the bees, and no pesticides in your food. Non-GMO means more concern for the food you eat, and the blossoms that the bees visit.
Organize to assure the healthy environment that you want. Help make your town bee-friendly by impacting legislation. Celebrate at a potluck dinner and a bee-friendly party. Protest in large numbers what you cannot tolerate.

Bee The Change!

Bee Education

 

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We offer beekeeping classes, mentorship and workshops in and around Detroit. We present at clubs and conferences across the continent. We will help you organize sessions about bees, honey and beekeeping at your home or workplace. Contact us for more info.

Beehive in Your Yard

 

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Would you like a beehive in your backyard or garden, but do not want to personally manage it?  Let us care for your hive and provide you with a taste of honey from your own neighborhood. Contact us for more info.

Local Beekeeper Organizations

 

D-town

Green Toe Gardens belongs to the Southeastern Michigan Beekeepers Association and the Michigan Beekeepers Association. We encourage you to join your local bee club to meet experienced beekeepers, take a class or attend a meeting.

Bee clubs are sources of local information and a way to join with others to make a difference.

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