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BeeBC funding continues to create buzz within bee community

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Agriculture

BeeBC funding continues to create buzz within bee community

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Blake Bilmer
Junior Public Affairs Officer
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture
778 698-4786
Media Contacts
Blake Bilmer
Junior Public Affairs Officer
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture
778 698-4786

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BeeBC funded projects

The following B.C. projects received approximately $96,108 through the first and second intake of the BeeBC program:

Bee Awareness Society: $5,000 to construct hives, observation hives and to deliver education to youth in the West Kootenays. 

Brad Cooke (beekeeper): $3,000 to support the development of a locally bred varroa sensitive hygiene bee strain on southern Vancouver Island.

Central Cariboo Beekeepers Association: $5,000 to support the monitoring of members’ collective colonies for desirable attributes for breeding and the preservation of breeding eggs for future use in establishing new colonies in the Cariboo Chilcotin region.

Curtis Robinson (beekeeper): $3,000 to support the development of a locally bred varroa sensitive hygiene bee strain on southern Vancouver Island.

Environmental Youth Alliance Society: $5,000 to enhance habitats for bees by creating strips of native wildflowers near and in urban farms and food-producing community gardens in the Lower Mainland.

Heartford Honey: $5,000 to research the best protein sources to support hives in the Lower Mainland.

Heidi Schnepf (beekeeper): $3,000 to support the development of a locally bred varroa sensitive hygiene bee strain on central Vancouver Island.

The Honest to Goodness Farm Co.: $5,000 to support the restoration of one acre of land on MacInnes Farms as a pollinator conservation area and planting beneficial plant species to support pollinators in Langley.

Honey Bee Zen Apiaries Ltd.: $5,000 to support research on fungi that are beneficial in reducing viral loads in honey in the Kootenay region. 

Honey Bee Zen Apiaries Ltd.: $4,500 to support beekeepers in accessing electron-based sterilization in the Kootenay region.

Howe Sound Honey & Bees: $3,313 to support the establishment of mass storage bank colonies of mated queens on Bowen Island.

Iain Glass (beekeeper): $3,000 to support the development of a locally bred varroa sensitive hygiene bee strain on the Gulf Islands.

Mark Schilling (beekeeper): $3,000 to support the development of a locally bred varroa sensitive hygiene bee strain on central Vancouver Island.

Michael Campbell (beekeeper): $5,000 to support research of bee dysentery treatments in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.

Michael Campbell (beekeeper): $5,000 to support the research of yellowjacket wasp control in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Emma’s Acres and LINC Society in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.

Michael Campbell (beekeeper): $5,000 to support research of control measures for high humidity in hives, in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Emma’s Acres and LINC Society in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.

Morgan Creek Farm: $4,665 to support the enhancement of bee habitats and deliver education on bees to youth on Vancouver Island.

Oceanside Hive: A Beekeepers Collective: $3,350 to continue a queen rearing program that progresses queen cells to mated queens, to plant forage plants to support the bee population and complete hygienic testing on Vancouver Island. 

Pollinator Partnership Canada Society: $5,000 to create a demonstration native plant pollinator meadow, best management practices and community engagement activities for bee awareness on Vancouver Island.

Roselyn Lambert (beekeeper): $1,180 to compare queen performance in the Central Interior region.

Elk Root Conservation Farm: $5,000 to establish carefully selected natural bee-forage plants to increase the overall health of bees, to demonstrate how other communities can implement similar practices in the Kootenay region.

Sunnyside Farm and Apiary: $4,100 to raise and improve locally adapted hygienic- and disease-resistant queens and learn to prepare antennae for examination to reduce hive diseases on Bowen Island.

Yellowhead Community Services: $5,000 to support the increase of nectar and pollen sources, and create community club learning opportunities from a bee health consultant in Clearwater.

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