Friends of the Forest, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to the protection and welfare of native bees. Our mission is to promote sustainable and biodynamic beekeeping through education, experience-based research, and a honeybee sanctuary and to help restore the health and vitality of the honeybee worldwide. In addition, our mission focuses on the conservation and preservation of their habitat through returning overfarmed land into wildflower meadows and forests.
Over the past decade, over 40% of beekeepers have reported the loss of their hives, commonly called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The reasons are many and can be difficult to pinpoint: climate change, habitat loss, rampant use of pesticides, parasites like the Varroa mite, and other causes.
Our mission is to educate our community about the importance of the honeybee and native pollinators to our food production and to inspire people to make personal choices that promote the health of these pollinators and the environment.
Friends of the Forest needs a home that can provide the following:
- 2 acres +/- for planting a wildflower meadow. Research shows wildlife-friendly farming can quickly help bee and bird populations bounce back, but a large-scale rollout is needed to reverse long-term declines. Wildflower-rich meadows are very rare and important habitats. Some of these grasslands support an amazing number of wildflower species as well as providing habitats for many species of birds, invertebrates, amphibians, and mammals. In particular, they provide very important supplies of pollen and nectar for bumblebees and other insect pollinators.
- 1+ acres field planted with perennials and annuals that bees forage including buckwheat, mustard, phacelia, sunflowers, and clover.
- An area to plant a new orchard full of different varieties of baby fruit trees, blueberry and raspberry bushes, and different veggie crops scattered around.
- 10 apiaries will be set up in the meadows since bees are responsible for the pollination of wildflowers. They also support the natural habitats for other animals and useful insects.
The sanctuary will be a biodynamically invigorated landscape in which plants, animals, and human beings create the necessary care, protection, and healing for all.