Funding available for bee projects

The Bee BC Program’s grant deadline is March 13, 2020

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Students studying an observation bee hive in class.

The Bee Awareness Society used observation bee hives to let students peer into the world of bees to see how they build comb, store nectar and pollen, and raise their young. — Photo courtesy Bee Awareness Society

Got a great idea for helping our bees? There’s funding available through the Bee BC Program, designed to enhance bee health throughout the province.

The Government of B.C. is committing $100,000 to projects between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Grant applications will be accepted until March 13, 2020.

A West Kootenay bee project

Last year’s Bee BC Program funded a project in the West Kootenay—the Bee Awareness School Education project. Created by the Bee Awareness Society, this live learning tool teaches students about the vital role that honeybees and other pollinators play in our food production.

The Bee Awareness Society teamed up with woodworking shop students at Mount Sentinel Secondary to build 10 glass observation bee hives. To date, these travelling bee hives have been seen by approximately 2,000 children in West Kootenay schools.

The learning module includes what children and their families can do in their own backyards and community to mitigate the risks to our pollinators.

“Initiatives like the Bee BC Program are instrumental for helping us co-create a healthy and sustainable environment for bees, other pollinators and mankind,” said project co-ordinator Linda Martin.

Free agricultural consultation

Agricultural expertise, support and promotion are the cornerstones of the Investment Agriculture Foundation (IAF) of B.C., which runs the Bee BC Program.

Do you need help with your ideas related to agriculture? Between February 17 and March 13, you can book a free 30-minute consultation with IAF staff. See their Program Guide for details.

Virginia Rasch

Virginia is a writer and copy editor with Koocanusa Publications. She is an avid outdoor recreationist in all seasons and has lived in the Kootenays for 10 years. With degrees in the natural sciences, she has worked as a tour guide, an environmentalist, a writer, and a copy editor of scientific publications. Virginia now brings her passion for everything green to Kootenay Business. View all of Virginia Rasch’s articles

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