Thankful for Addison County Independent and John Flowers! What a great spotlight on our project with Green Lantern Group in New Haven, Vermont. We are very proud of this field and the habitat it has created for native pollinators and our honeybees.
bee the change is excited to announce that we are joining the 1% For The Planet community.
What is 1% For The Planet?
1% For The Planet is an organization that connects businesses and approved non-profit environmental organizations. These businesses donate 1% of their gross revenue to the environmental organizations. This creates an easy way for a business to give back in the most direct and impactful way possible, all for the planet.
We want to make a positive impact on the environment, past just creating habitat for pollinators.
"Bee the Change is 1% For the planet, and 99% for the pollinators."
Kick off the first weekend in August with these honey cocktail recipes. Watermelon honey sangria and blueberry honey mojitos are the perfect summer evening refresher.
2 cups of scooped watermelon balls
Extra berries to your liking (We also used edible flowers!)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup of white grape juice
1 bottle of a dry white wine (Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc)
5 shots of white rum
1/2 cup of bee the change honey
2 limes, sliced
1. Add ingredients to large container.
2. Mix well.
3. Make sure to refrigerate overnight and stir before serving!
1 tablespoon of fresh blueberries
10 mint leaves
a half lime juiced
1 tablespoon of honey
2 shot of rum
2 shote of cranberry juice
1. Muddle blueberries, mint, lime juice and honey.
2. Add white rum, cranberry juice and ice.
3. Shake well
4. Garnish with mint
A huge thank you to IPJ Real Estate for letting us take over the office in the evening this past week. What a treat to get face to face interaction with our customers to share our story. Facing pollinator decline is best done together. Thank you to Lexa deCourval for the photos.
BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY
Pollinator Useful Facts...
-preferred habitat: large fields, marshes, hills
-favorite host plants: celery, dill, parsley, carrot, fennel
-favorite nectar plants: coneflower, red clover, sunflower, zinnia, butterfly weed (same plant family as milkweed) and bee balm
---Black Swallowtail Butterflies are especially attracted to large clusters of bright, colorful plants with lots of leaves!---
Keep in mind the following life stages of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly when watching for these vital, beautiful pollinators to appear in your garden ↓↓↓↓
This week's pollinator...
The Black Swallowtail Butterfly is already at work to pollinate our own South Ridge, Vermont field!
Our pollinator garden kits come with a variety of wildflower seeds formulated specifically for the northeast. Hand packed right here in Weybridge, Vermont.
First, clear a 12ft x 6ft area (we did a smaller area to demonstrate). Spread seeds evenly and liberally around. water and wait. Make sure to check up on your patch to see what kind of pollinators you attract. Use the bandana as you wish, our dog Stella loves repping bee the change!
Cool down this summer solstice with bee the change dairy free honey gelato. Happy Summer!
2 C. Almond Milk
1 C. Almond Milk Creamer
6 Egg Yolks
2/3 C. bee the change Honey
3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
Pinch of Kosher Salt
Combine almond milk, creamer, salt and honey into a pan. Heat on medium until edges bubble. Let cool for two minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and eggs yolks until completely mixed.
Pour in mixture from the pan slowly while whisking quickly.
Pour new mixture back into pan and bring to simmer for a few minutes. The liquid should thicken.
Put plastic wrap over it and chill overnight.
The next day...
Churn in the ice cream maker for 35 minutes and then freeze.
Serve with more honey, strawberries, or even edible flowers!
Enjoy with friends!
Thank you to everyone who came out for our planting party this past Sunday! Two hours, 700 plants, and countless seeds later we transformed a solar field into an optimal habitat for honeybees and native pollinators. Bumblebees were already feeding on the catmint as we were packing up to leave. This endless rain is giving these plants a great start, we will be posting progress photos soon.
It took us 200,000 years to reach 1 billion human beings on Earth, and just 200 years to reach 7 billion. In 2050, when the world population reaches 10 billion people, only 2 billion or so will be living in industrialized countries. For the remaining 8 billion people- more than the present Earth's population- food security will require access to that which grows from the ground and falls from the trees, and most of those vegetables, nuts and fruits depend upon pollinators to reproduce.
Planting so that there are larval host-species and shelter for pollinators is as important as planting to provide sources of nectar and pollen. The goal is to produce a sustaining and enduring habitat with a succession of blooms- like a fireworks display, but in very slow motion- so that there are always several species of pollinator-friendly blossom available throughout the season.
A survey of the pollinator population in our first year at South Ridge demonstrated 34 unique pollinator encounters in a 15 minute period. One year later, surveying the same plots, we encountered 174 unique pollinators in 15 minutes. That impact will increase the productivity of plants beyond the boundaries of the solar field and support downstream species who rely on that productivity- birds, fish, other wildlife and, of course, human beings.