Center For Honeybee Research
By Lady Spirit Moon
Receiving their 501c3 in 2011, the Center for Honeybee Research is about finding and promoting answers to create a world safe for bees. A place where you are part of a solution—having an interest, awareness, and a willingness—to help not only bees but beeings like ourselves inherit a world with an inclusive future. The Center invites you to join in that pursuit and feel the satisfaction from working on something important. The bees teach us and, if we listen, perhaps they can lead us to answers our ears are not used to hearing.
As “natural” beekeepers we refrain from placing chemicals and antibiotics in our hives. We don’t believe so much honey, pollen, or propolis should be removed from a colony. Honey and pollen are the bees’ only source of nutrients and propolis protects the hive from diseases. The Center feels maximum genetic diversity should be encouraged in stocks that are acclimatized to the environments in which they live.
To reach a sustainable balance in dealing with the challenges posed by globalized pests and pestilence, we believe in working with nature to select bees more resistant and pathogens less virulent. In a honeybee colony the sum is greater than its parts and we believe in learning from their wisdom rather than imposing “fixes” based upon human paradigms. Honeybees have been a successful species for longer than we can count in generations. The least we can do is help mitigate the harm humans do to their chances of survival.
The Center’s four long-term goals are:
- To promote conferences, schools and events to educate beekeepers and the general public on the importance of honeybees in our environment.
- To engage in research to further our knowledge of honeybees as well as find answers to challenges to their continued existence.
- To serve as a world communications center for the exchange of information and contacts relating to bees and beekeeping.
- To establish a comprehensive laboratory for the analyses of everything affecting the health of bees and their environment.
There’s probably not another species on the planet causing less damage or giving back more than it takes from its ecosystem. Albert Einstein stated the human race would start dying out four years after the death of the last honeybee. Of all the pollinators in the world, the honeybee is the only pollinator maintaining the integrity of fruit and vegetables, thereby being responsible for 84% of what we eat.
Our events bring in attendees from all over the country. Below is the panel of experts at the “What Turns Bees On” Event in November, 2011.
Another popular major event is the Second Annual Black Jar Honey Contest in 2012. First place will pay $500, second $250, and third $125.
The Center is in the process of setting up bee yards for ongoing research studies. 2012 will be a year of setting things into place. It is planning an event sometime at the beginning of August with several renowned natural beekeepers, one of whom is Michael Bush. Keep checking our website, chbr.org, for information.
At the Center we intend to consciously trim overhead to the bare minimum while utilizing volunteers to find solutions that matter. At most universities and the USDA Honeybee labs, funds are eaten up by overhead, administrative and staffing costs, etc. if not eliminated by budget cuts. It’s a fact too much of every dollar is wasted reaching outcomes that don’t provide new information. Currently the Center is reviewing a number of potential studies for future funding to learn how we can best serve the honeybee. It hopes to have models ready for grant applications in 2012.
Visit the Center’s website at chbr.org for more information about our events, our Board of Directors, Waggle Dancing blog, etc. We have a store where we sell the DVDs of our events, shirts, hats, and more. You can sign up for our newsletter and make a donation.
Every dollar the Center makes through its sales, events, and donations goes toward research, not administration, utilities, or overhead. Know your donation will go toward research to help the honeybee survive naturally in its environment.
Editor’s Note: Want to help the Center achieve their admirable goals? The Walter T. Kelley Company will donate a dollar for every contribution our readers make to the Center via our website. Please donate today and know your dollar will go a bit further because of our continued interests in helping bees. Thank you!