Day one March 21 2010
You are probably wondering how you got here.
My name is Al Salopek some of you know me as Bizaare Al from Bizaare Ave Cafe.
Well I must still be Bizaare because I just started a non-profit org called Bee Understanding . Org; which I set up to bring awareness to the problems Bees are having in our over developed fast paced human environment.
Please keep in mind this is day one and I am a foundation of 2 people it can only get better from here.
I am a backyard Beekeeper with 14 hives and growing, I have saved hives from being destroyed in peoples yards and houses and have given them a place to call home in my backyard and friends yards. I have talked to children to help them understand why we need bees and have mentored people in how to keep bees in their backyard. I am not an expert but have had great success in my journey into keeping bees, and think I can help more by starting this.
People don't realize that honey bees are losing places to call home because people, cities and states don't want bees near people because they might get stung so they kill them.
If you eliminate bees from every yard, every park, near shopping centers, close to sidewalks, next to roads and everywhere in between you now have a problem. Bees account for 30 percent of the food we eat, the last I knew we need food to survive.
Please google honey bees disappearing and read about CCD colony collapse disorder, its about habitat, pesticides, disease, and stress bees are under.
Again this is day one and only the beginning and you can help even if you don't like bees because I know you like chocolate , almonds, melons, apples, blueberries and one out of every 3 bites of food you eat.
You can help by:
1) telling someone about what I doing
2) putting a hive in your backyard or planting bee friendly plants
3) sponsoring a hive or donating equipment
4) posting here about whats going on in our environment
5) sending great links to me
6) or just pledge money ( being a newly formed 501c3 it will be a week or so before I can officially collect money but I will let you know)
What I want to do to start is
make information cards (non profit business cards)
create a web-site
print brochures and teaching materials
buy equipment to help others get started in beekeeping
build an observation hive ( a hive behind glass to use as a learning tool )
mentor others on how to keep bees
purchase child size 'bee suits' (protective clothing) to encourge our future generation
go to schools to inform children during science class
and much more
Can you help me?
My contact information :
Facebook : bee understanding
bee-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell : (561)346-1739