Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Bee Cause

"Honeybees are truly amazing creatures to watch, and an observation hive allows students to see day-to-day activities within the hive without disrupting the bees."
- The Bee Cause

(*this photo courtesy Tami Enright of The Bee Cause. All other photos courtesy Olivia Rae James Photography)

An active, working beehive inside the heart of a school? It's a radical concept that is taking our area by storm, thanks to the efforts of a non-profit organization called The Bee Cause. Their mission is to install observation bee hives in 1,000 schools. I love the idea of students learning so much from something that doesn't have to be plugged in and impacts the environment around them.


Through the combined energy and know-how of Ted Dennard, Master beekeeper and the Founder of The Bee Cause and President and Owner of Savannah Bee Company, and Tami Enright, Executive Director of The Bee Cause and a local area beekeeper, a bee hive is artfully installed on a school interior wall or table top and the lessons on beekeeping begin. I first met the lovely Tami a few years ago when she had just started beekeeping and her enthusiasm for it compelled me to research the plight of the honey bee. In doing so, I discovered more people in our local area involved in private bee keeping. Tami has come a long way in her efforts to help educate her children on the subject of the benefits of beekeeping and now, many more children can easily reap the rewards with their own school hives.


The Bee Cause installs the beehives into schools in Charleston at no cost. The duo came up with the additional activity for students of a "pay it forward" program that enables students to take responsibility for the ongoing care of their bees as well as help to raise funds for the next hive to be delivered to another interested school (or schools). In this way, the children learn to pass along the joy of beekeeping and hive ownership. More details on how this "pay it forward" program works are provided on The Bee Cause website listed below.



This tube permits the bees to travel in and out of the hive to pollinate plants and flowers in the local environment and gather nectar for the hive. It's such a simple and effective design - truly a work of art!


Any questions? Don't worry, I had a lot of questions too (as did my twin boys and their school friends pictured above) and they can all be answered on The Bee Cause cool website listed below. For more information on beekeeping, Tami suggested visiting the Charleston Area Beekeeper's Association site www.charlestonbees.org. " In addition, Charlestowne Landing also has an observation hive for public viewing," says Tami. "I can help organize a hive for a house or other spot to anyone interested in beekeeping by providing guidance and vendor information." Sounds like I need to take the leap and give her a call, how about you?

To help "save the bees one school at a time", contact The Bee Cause, or learn more about this incredible project, please visit www.thebeecause.org

For a link to posts about Charlestowne Landing, click here for post 1 and click here for post 2

pmk thanks Olivia Rae James photography and The Bee Cause for sharing these great pictures.

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