2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Bee Nurseries” Bring Back Pollinators
The Beestra is shaped a bit like a bird house, with tubes in a variety of sizes to attract a variety of pollinators, and it features an eye catching floral design on the outside. The screen on front keeps larger predators like birds and squirrels from eating the bees and bee larvae.
The Beestra has an overhanging roof to divert rainfall away from the pods, and also has adequate ventilation to prevent excess humidity. Dan and Amelia work with a local manufacturer to get their materials, and then assemble the nurseries in their on-farm workshop for shipping.
“ We designed this nursery to be as simple to assemble as possible. It takes less than 5 min. and just requires a screwdriver,” Amelia says. Each nursery comes with detailed photographic instructions, and costs $19.95, plus shipping and handling.
“Customer feedback has been mostly positive. People enjoy the look of the Beestra and how easy it is to set up. Most people have success attracting bees but sometimes customers don’t get any,” Amelia says. “We encourage people to think of their nursery as an experiment to see how healthy their ecosystem is. If they have trouble attracting bees, most likely, there is a key component lacking in their ecosystem. This may be a sign that they need to plant more flowers, reduce the use of pesticides, or look into other sources of pollution nearby. The nurseries can’t attract any bees if they’re not there in the first place.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, BeeFoster, 1448 N. Chiles Lane, Bois D Arc, Mo, 65612, (ph 417-942-1816, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.beefoster.com; follow on Facebook and Instagram).
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