When brainstorming a way to recognize our clients, vendors and friends this Christmas, our thoughts went to Heifer International
, the humanitarian organization whose headquarters we had the pleasure of visiting last summer
and discovered the gift of honeybees. When you think of giving back and paying forward, what could be more appropriate than helping to increase a healthy bee population on planet earth, while in turn giving a family a viable way to support themselves?
With the gift of honeybees, hives and training in beekeeping, families around the world — from Uganda to EL Salvador — gain the ability to earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax and pollen. And, when placed strategically, beehives as much as double some fruit and vegetable yields through natural pollination. In this way, a beehive not only helps one home; it can be a boost to a whole community.
Bees are possibly the most essential living creatures, and they are in danger. Planting flowers that provide nectar and pollen for bees, and reducing pesticide use, when implemented by many people, can save our bees and restore health and diversity to our agricultural and urban landscapes.
Simple and sweet, honeybees are just one of Heifer International's solutions to hunger and poverty. And this Christmas we're proud to honor our clients and help make a family's life sweeter.
Wherever home is for you, we hope you'll "bee" home for Christmas. Peace.
Tue, December 22, 2009
by Jay Perdue filed under