Hello lovely beeople,
2013 proved to be quite a year for the Beez Kneez. Thanks to you, we launched a successful kickstarter campaign and raised $40,000's. Then the building we thought we were moving into was not available so we moved. We harvested over 2000lb's of honey by bicycle and then right before we put our hives to bed for winter and we thought things would get somewhat normal, something terrible happened to our hive and the hives of two other beekeepers in our community.
Last September, one of our teaching hives located at a school was victim to a legal pesticide application in the Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis. Over 70,000 honey bees died in 24 hours and who knows how many natives. Yes, we said legal. Luckily, we were tapped into our community, thanks to the honey house, i.e…you all, and find out what happened but we were not able to find out who did it because that kind of information is legally kept from the public in the state of MN. In fact, the only state in the nation that allows the public to have access to that information is the state of California. Why is this important? If 70,000 bees die over night from a pesticide application in the city, what else is in danger?
So…what are we doing about it? This www.healthybeeshealthylives.com, that's what. An initiative of the Beez Kneez, supported by members of our communities, we are taking action and like the bees, we can't do it alone! Please go to the above link for more info and pledge to not use chemicals in your personal green space. We have beautiful lawn signs available for purchase to show your pollinator friendly pride*shipping not included, and a place for donations to support our campaign. We had a huge event last Thursday and packed a room beyond its capacity. Almost 100 people have already signed up. We already have some attention from lawmakers, the press and more. We need the numbers. Let's show the world what we can do. Sign up today!
Thank you so much for your continued support,
Kristy and Erin