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Bee Safe Neighborhoods
Submitted by David Braden on August 19, 2013 - 4:59pm
Living Systems Institute and Honeybee Keep are sponsoring a "Bee Safe Neighborhood" campaign to create living spaces where bees can propagate without the effects of toxic chemicals. We are in the conceptual and design phase of the project. If you would like to help, please contact Honey at firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal is to have leaders from as many neighborhoods as possible solicit pledges from their neighbors to stop using systemic poisons. The minimum number of households required for a bee safe neighborhood designation is 75 in a contiguous block. If a neighbor on a particular street does not wish to participate, the boundary lines of the contiguous block will be configured to exclude that household. In other words, every neighbor on every street does not need to participate in order to have a contiguous block. Please see the diagram for an example of how one contiguous block might look. The households not participating are shown in red. Each neighborhood will probably have a unique configuration depending on the participation of neighbors.
We will also encourage people to stop using all poisons so a healthy ecosystem can develop wherein all pests become food for their predators. Elimination of poisons will also decrease the toxins that can run off into surface water or accumulate in the soil.
We will ask our neighbors to increase safe habitats for honey bees by landscaping with plants that provide pollen and nectar to pollinators through spring, summer and fall.
Would you Like to Help the Honeybees?
Step 1: Contact email@example.com and indicate whether you want to be a Bee Safe Neighborhood Team Leader or a Volunteer who can help out to create a Bee Safe Neighborhood.
A Bee Safe Neighborhood Team Leader is the person who is responsible for obtaining 75 pledges in their neighborhood. (You do not have to collect all 75 pledges single-handedly.) Obtaining 75 pledges can be done with other members of your neighborhood. You can also work with other people in your neighborhood to allocate other tasks or to arrange gatherings, etc.
Bee Brochure (please request from firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Bee Safe Neighborhood Volunteer is someone who has some time available to collect pledges from neighbors for a Bee Safe Neighborhood Team Leader (if available) or on their own (if a Team Leader is not yet available).
Step 2: Print out the Bee Safe Neighbor Pledge Sheet to take with you when you are ready to begin knocking on your neighbors' doors. Request that a swarm trap from Honeybee Keep be mounted in a tree in your neighborhood. Swarm traps cost $100.00 plus shipping. You can pick it up and mount it yourself or we can deliver and install it for an additional $50 and a delivery fee of one dollar per mile from Honeybee Keep. See: If you catch a swarm Ask your neighbors to contribute to the cost.
Step 3: Bee Safe Neighborhood Team Leaders who have signed pledges for 75 in a contiguous block can send an email to email@example.com to certify their neighborhood.
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! !
C e l e b r a t e !
You decide how!! Potluck? Seed or plant exchanges? Outdoor party in a back yard or several yards?
Request a project page on this website and instructions on how to update it.
Request recognition as a Bee Safe Neighborhood through Selene Press or Denver Urban Homesteading (or another/other means to be determined)
Stickers for Placement on Windows in Front of House (not yet available)
Yard signs to display (not yet available)
Some Future Possibilities for Your Bee Safe Neighborhood? (if you desire)
Gather those neighbors interested in employing community sufficiency technologies to develop the capacity to provide for yourselves. Please see the home page for LSI to see what has been accomplished in other neighborhoods. These neighborhoods have already realized
- increased economic security from their own food production
- higher quality and availability of healthier food without pesticides residues
- a cleaner, healthier and more biologically diverse environment for all
- a community of neighbors who are learning and working together to improve their habitat.
Another way to Help:
NEONICOTINOIDS AND SYSTEMICS
Reducing Use of NeoNicotinoids/Systemics that are Harmful to Bees
By Asking Our Stores to Label or Stop Selling Products Containing Neonicotinoids and Systemics
Contact your local garden center, hardware or home improvement store (by email, phone, cards or letters)
Sample letter to stores requesting they label or stop selling systemics to their customers
Sample script for phone call/s to store/s
Calling Cards (information on how to use) - you can drop these cards off at stores when you shop
Policies of Local Stores regarding Systemics on store shelves:
List of Stores that label the systemic poisons (none yet that we know of!)
List of Stores that do not sell systemic poisons (Timberline in Arvada is in process of discontinuing Bayer insecticide product line)
Please report any progress, success or failure with stores to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bee Brochure - Version 1 (coming soon)
Bee Brochure - Version 2 (coming soon)