For the love of nature and our planet, we asked our customers to consider an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day. While red is the colour we normally associate with the day of love, we asked what if this year we started thinking about a greener Valentine’s?
We encouraged all of our subscribers to show some love to Mother Nature by reducing our environmental impact, starting with minimizing CO2 emissions and paper and packaging waste associated with special occasions.
This led to challenging our customers to wear ‘a green heart’ leading up to Earth Day, to show their love for each other and our planet, and we suggested some Green Love Ideas!
Although Covid-19 restrictions presented challenges with movement, as we focused on curbside pick-up to reduce congestion in our store, we did receive some wonderful suggestions in our in-store suggestion box that we would like to share!
1. We’re doing a community garden this year for fresh veggies.
2. I have a small garden and I put most of our coffee grinds into my compost.
3. Walk more and carpool to the honey store with my girlfriends to buy the world’s best honey.
4. To use naturally sourced bee products including wraps to store food in the fridge.
5. I’m going to park my car and walk as much as possible for local trips.
6. Biking to work.
7. Reuse plastic bags and composting.
8. Turn out unneeded lights. Plant more plants.
9. Bring cloth bags for groceries.
10. Use reusable lunch bags.
11. Re-use everyday items.
12. Keep the furnace at 20 degrees Celsius during the evening and turn off when not at home. Turn lights off if not in a room.
13. Growing my own organic food, planting trees, and got my own coffee cup.
14. Recycling, compost & pick up litter.
15. Grow my own veggies.
We also hosted a contest to win a basket filled with honey treats and mead! The winner was drawn on June 25th and awarded to Alicia Kruk!
As we connected with other beekeepers, we learned that most experienced wonderful winter survival rates with our colonies, unlike previous years. We also noted that for the first time this year, we collected an early spring honey. Usually the hives are not strong enough in the early spring, hence we don’t harvest, but this year it was different. The hives were just bursting!! Not sure why, exactly, as our routines have not changed. We can speak to an early spring warmth and moisture, which we feel helped the nectar flow in the flowers. We also planted more dandelions and clover that might have had an impact; however, and anecdotally speaking, we also believe that the reduction in airplane and road traffic, due to Covid-19 quarantine measures, contributed. We feel that less environmental disruption created a happier place for honey bees to flourish.
If there is any substance to our anecdotal observations, then these thoughts may speak volumes towards how humans need to adapt with respect to the longer term. Earth Day shouldn’t just be celebrated on one day but
EVERY DAY SHOULD BE EARTH DAY!