Believe it or not, we have bees to thank for a third of the food we eat.
Save The Bees Club was created to help educate and inform people about the dying bee population.
Bees — wild and domestic — are responsible for the pollination over 1/3 of our food supply.
70% of the most nutritious food in the world is pollinated by bees.
Bees have been around for thousands of years, but in recent years there are many things contributing to to an approx. annual loss of +50%!
We were able to get our first bees, aka ArbutusCoffeeBees, in 2016 thanks to a Greenest Neighbourhood Small Grant project, which was funded by the Vancouver Foundation & administered by the Kitsilano neighbourhood house and are grateful for the continued support.
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Workshop Instructor & Lead Beekeeper
After 9 years in Ottawa, Kelly returned to the West Coast in 2009 to complete a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia. She has developed her passion in the field of Sustainable Food Systems, Community Development, and Education through various experiences, of which include a Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture, a Permaculture Design Course, UBC’s Community Leadership & Wellbeing Programs, Vancouver’s Greenest City Grant Program, and YouthfulCities & Evergreen’s Future City Builders Program (https://www.youthfulcities.com/fcb-vancouver). Over the last few years, Kelly has become quite the honey bee and urban farming enthusiast. She keeps honey bees & a small garden in the backyard of Arbutus Coffee in Kitsilano, where she runs workshops on Urban Beekeeping & Apitherapy. She teaches how to get started in backyard beekeeping, honey bee 101, & how to make products with beeswax (ie. candles, hand/lip balm, reusable wraps). This August, Kelly will be starting a Master’s of Education program at UBC (Education For Sustainability) in partnership with CityStudio and the City of Vancouver. Stay tuned for her next exciting projects!