A.B.C (Apiaries and Bees for Communities) is a Calgary based urban beekeeping initiative with programming offered across Alberta. Starting up in 2010, A.B.C is focused on developing educational and mentorship opportunities for urbanites to get engaged in beekeeping practices. Teaching 200+ new beekeepers, selling out over 40 unique programs, as well as collaborating with organizations like the Calgary Zoo, Telus SPARK!, and Mount Royal University. A.B.C has brought over 300 colonies of bees in to Alberta for new beekeepers since 2010 and is eager to see sustainable beekeeping practices permeate from the heart of urban centers. For more information on the organization and their programming, go to www.backyardbees.ca.
About the Program:
The Bees4Communities Program was created by A.B.C in the winter of 2012 and ran its first season the summer of 2013. The goal of the program was to extend the Hive Mentality from the community of backyard beekeepers to the larger corporate community of leadership. The organizations taking part in the Bees4Communities program not only show excellent values of environmental stewardship and awareness, but also a strong sense of responsibility for the community. The Bees4Communities Program works as follows:
– The businesses purchase and owns their beehives
– A.B.C cares for the colonies using treatment-free and organic management practices
– The business receives 100% the honey and shares it however they choose with their friends, clients, or customers
– A.B.C offers a monthly report card, short biography on the hives growth and development throughout the month past, and a photo cache of the hive inspections and growth
– A.B.C uses the beehives as educational tools for those interested in seeing how bees live and work and for backyard beekeepers eager to expand their skills
In the end, it is a WIN-WIN relationship, as the beehives are used as educational tools for the community, allowing A.B.C to keep their program costs affordable to the public. As honeybee losses are on the increase across Canada, The businesses share in the responsibility of caring and working with nature to support honeybee health in the urban centre of Calgary.
What you should expect from Bees4Communities 2014:
We are only working with 10 organizations until the Fall of 2016. These stewards of the community are:
Our partnership with these organizations will lead to wonderful community development and engagement opportunities such as:
– We are working to host a Sustainability for Breakfast with REAP which we will invite you to attend and participate in when we receive the confirmation for the month of April.
– Our passion here at A.B.C is building the Hive Mentality in our city. So, we will be working together in our First Annual Yellow Tie Affair on October 25th, 2014. We are currently in the development stage of the event, but we are hoping to raise funds for the Grow Calgary Project, which is a 9-acre urban farming initiative that grows food for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.
– We attend as many harvest festival events as we can manage! We are more than happy are attending and partnering these organizations at various events throughout the year! So, expect to see us all working together to share our passion for local food, sustainability and the Hive Mentality!