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A social, environmental, and economically sustainable company with a mission to create 25% more food for the world using native, hole-nesting bees.
ABOUT

Who We Are

 
Crown Bees prides itself in being a social, environmental, and economically sustainable company with a long range mission to create 25% more food for the world through using native, hole-nesting bees.
 

We are a company of individuals who care about our future. Each of us has our own expertise whether in digital media, customer service, product innovation, project management, farming, bee raising, or lean operations. We enjoy each other and work well as a team, sharing workloads as we go.

 

What We Do

 
Today, we sell native bees and supplies online, at nurseries and hardware stores, and with farmers. This year we are expanding to find native bees with conservation organizations.
 
Sustainability and ethical practices are more than just words to us. Our wood comes from sustainable forests. Our nesting material for the bees are all natural and the right size for best bee health. We attempt to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible and so source all products locally. 
 
Rather than duplicate efforts, we team with researchers across the world that focus on native bee species. We openly share all we learn to our followers in our BeeMail newsletter and website. Raising bees for growing food is something all gardeners and farmers should learn!
 
 
While only 10 years old, Crown Bees is a “doing” company. Where we find missing information or products, we research it or design/build it. Our current “missing” item is about 1,000 native bees across North America!  
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CREDIBILITY

We have teamed with multiple groups across the country to ensure project success.

Dave Hunter was an advisor to the 5 year USDA Project Integrated Crop Pollination grant. This team of roughly 50 PhD’s from universities and government organizations across the nation researched the capabilities of native bees in apples, almonds, blueberries, cherries, and cucurbits. Multiple papers have been produced from this well-run team by Dr. Rufus Isaac of Michigan State University.
Back in 2009, Dave brought together a team of scientists and mason bee operators to work as a team. It became the Orchard Bee Association. The group ultimately gained non-profit status and they set the standards for the mason bee industry. Dave was the president for the first 3 years.
Crown Bees works with multiple schools, universities, organizations and groups to ensure that what is taught, sold, raised is of the highest standards as possible. We’re honored to team with them.
Indiana Pollinator Project
America in Bloom
USDA/ARS
Michigan State University
Montana State University
Penn State
Oregon State
Idaho State
PSGE New Jersey
UC Davis
UC San Diego
Purdue
Cornell
Univ of Florida
Seattle Farm School - teach classes, community building
- ask Heather Harvey for logo, or for Bees Gone Wild logo, also ask her for collab with Purdue? She had a news article from speaking with them
Aldarra Golf Course
Attainable Sustainable - guest blog introducing mason bees to readers
Pollinator Week Highlighting Heroes:
Monarch Gardens - author and native plant advocate Benjamin Vogt
Dr Jason Graham, University of Hawaii at Manoa - donated 3mm lake reeds for live trapping endangered masked bees
Helen Yoest; Director of Bee Better Inc.
www.beebetter.info

Green Door Gourmet, urban farm Nashville TN - Native Bee Share?
Dr Leif Richardson's Osmia study houses at a farm in Vermont
Sherrie Pelsma, Founder,Pollinator Parkways, Sherrie Pelsma runs Pollinator Parkways, a neighborhood project in Portland, Oregon (we donated a Cabin and nesting holes, NBG to her)
Groups we work with, put their logos in here. USDA, other partner groups, universities, etc.
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