Sourcing local survivor stock honeybees that are adapted to your area and providing them with properly managed care. Assessing the best possible location for the bee hives to thrive and offering educational outreach to your staff and customers.
Working together to determine where pollinator habitat can be established, improved, or increased. Hedgerows, cover crop, inter-cropping, windbreaks, erosion control, wetlands, insectaries, and filter strips can all be options for pollinator habitat.
With enough forage the honeybees can provide not only honey but also beeswax. Honey can be sold under your own label and is a wonderful value-added connection you can have with your customers regarding your businesses positive environmental program. Beeswax can be made into candles, furniture polish, salves, lip balm and soap which you can also sell with your own label or use within your business for your staff.
Working with businesses that want to provide their customers with services and products that not only represent their best commercial efforts but also their best environmental efforts.
With the increased awareness of the effects of climate change and the struggles of the honeybees and other pollinators, your customers are making purchasing decisions based on the environmental impact that your products and services have.
Having the ability to speak knowledgeably about what your company is doing to make your products and services as earth friendly as possible and showing your customers that this is indeed important to you and your business can lead to increased sales.
Reaching the next generation of consumers is vital for all businesses to stay successful and the next generation is focused on the viability of the planet and how their predecessors are addressing that issue in how they run their companies.
Including habitat (housing and forage) for honeybees and native pollinators allows for your business to show your customers that you are doing your part to heal the environment, and flowers and bee hives are beautiful to look at as well!
Vineyards and wineries have an opportunity to improve their land and business by providing an abundance of pollinator habitat to support a keystone species that is vital to our ecosystem, and in doing so helping the Earth thrive and prosper for future generations.