Give a Gift of Bees – for $35?

Do you have $35 to give to a family so that they can have their own bees? You can bring honey and pollination to someone who needs it. Donate before 2018 calls it a day. Don’t ask me how this charity can provide “a hive, honeybees, training and all of the essentials for pollinating a buzzing family business”  for $35.

Plan International has a good reputation with 69% of donations ending up in the right place according to a reputable independent monitor. A couple of years ago, my kids chipped in to buy a few pigs for a family in central America through Plan International. The piglets cost $90. I suspect that those little squealers have crossed to the other side by now. A hive of bees, on the other hand, might live for generations.

Go ahead. Buy someone some bees. Plan International.

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working at the University of Calgary. He is also a geophysicist and does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He's based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ron has written two books, dozens of magazine and journal articles, and complements his first book, Bad Beekeeping, with the blog at Ron wrote his most recent book, The Mountain Mystery, for everyone who has looked at a mountain and wondered what miracles of nature set it upon the landscape. For more about Ron, including some cool pictures taken when he was a teenager, please check Ron's site:
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2 Responses to Give a Gift of Bees – for $35?

  1. Susan Rudnicki says:

    Hi,Ron— I know PLAN as I have given often in the past, too. But here is a bee centric group I learned about when I attended the conference in Sept in Holland “Learning From the Bees” This powerful lil organization has excellent descriptions of how they work, where they do their programs, a long list of posts on their work ongoing, too. “Bees For Development” is devoted to making all the programs country appropriate, meaning, no breeder bees, but local bee stock and local materials for making the hives. No chemical treatments either. This is too expensive a model for most pastoralists. Many programs are targeted to empower women beekeepers. Give their website a look!!

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    • Ron Miksha says:

      Thanks for the tip. Then it’s pigs and goats with PLAN and bees with Bees for Development.
      I suspect that PLAN uses local bees and equipment, too – that would be the only way $35 could bring bees to a family.


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