Honey bee on milkweed.  Photo by Sarah Scott

Honey bee on milkweed.  Photo by Sarah Scott

Giving Back

Without habitat, pollinators disappear. That's why we feel it's important support non-profits that focus energy and resources on creating and protecting pollinator habitats.  We depend on safe and sufficient habitat for the bees to make honey, so we figure it's only right to give some sweetness to organizations that are making it better for pollinators.  5% of all our profits from honey sales are donated to organizations that provide habitat for pollinators.   Check out our own habitat restoration project on our blog - thanks to funding from the Natural Resource Conservation Service. 

Phyllis Haenle Memorial Audubon Sanctuary

Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary - Photo by Steve Jerant

Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary - Photo by Steve Jerant

Our bees are working to protect the birds and the bees at the Phyllis Haehnle Audubon Sanctuary near Jackson, MI.  Having our bees on site makes the sanctuary eligible for pollinator specific funding - providing resources to help our bees, and the hundreds of native pollinators that make their home there.  Audubon members and countless volunteers are working to turn the over 1000 acres of this sanctuary into restored marsh land, fen, grassland, and woodlands.  This sanctuary is known for the many bird species that can be spotted there, and for being an important stop on the sandhill crane migration, with up to 8000 cranes visiting in a day!  Our bees are there as part of a project through the Natural Resource Conservation Service as a way to restore pollinator habitat.   While they are there, they are collecting nectar from the flood plain trees, like tulip trees, and from the flowers in the two large restored grasslands.   We extract honey from the sanctuary separately - it is our only single origin varietal.  Look for the black label to taste the nectar of this amazing place. 5% of the profits of this honey go directly to funding habitat restoration and maintenance projects at the sanctuary. 

Learn more about this jewel in Jackson county by visiting their webpage - www.haehnlesanctuary.org

Here are some of the organizations that we support.  Have a group, project, or organization that you love that isn't listed? Let us know!  And please, plant flowers and flowering trees!