Committed to Saving the Honey Bees
Honey bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of our nation’s produce, including Wild Blueberries. Every berry we grow owes its existence to the crazy dance of a honey bee from flower to flower. In our business, it is simple: No bees, no berries!
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the mysterious disappearance of honey bees, was first detected in 2006. Since then, Wyman’s has taken a national leadership role in the effort to help beekeepers solve CCD, and eliminate the threat to our nation’s crops.
- In 2008, Wyman's CEO testified before Congress in support of increased USDA funding for CCD action.
- Wyman’s provided $10,000 in funding to The Pollinator Partnership, to increase PR awareness and support for pollinator health and research.
- Wyman’s provided a $10,000 grant to Pennsylvania State University, Dept of Entomology, to assist in general research on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
- Wyman’s funded at a $10,000 level primary research at the University of Maine, School of Biology & Entomology, to determine the impact of fungicides on honey bees. No effects were detected and the study will be replicated.
- Wyman’s PEI completed its 2nd year of a 3-year $24,000 commitment, in conjunction with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, to research optimal native pollinator habitat for PEI. While Wyman’s rents hives in Maine, we are expanding our beekeeping activities on PEI, where we currently manage about 1,500 hives.
- Wyman’s CEO presented a keynote address entitled “No Bees…No Blueberries” to the North American Pollinator Conference at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History.
How We Can All Help the Bees
Here are some measures we can all take to help protect the honey bees that are so essential to our food supply:
- Plant a “pollinator friendly” garden in your backyard to attract honey bees.
- Reduce your use of pesticides.
- Become a citizen scientist by participating in The Great Sunflower Project’s backyard bee count.
- Join Pollinator.org and support the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPCC).