The Adopt-A-Bee Program is Simple.

“It’s all about you teaming with BeeGAP to increase awareness to your community”.

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By placing a house and wooden trays in a public area, we believe more people will learn about these gentle bees. Having you as the local expertise ensures that the house is placed wisely, there is suitable surroundings for the bees to thrive, the bees are let loose at the right time, and you’re protecting the bees once they’re finished with their work.

Bees are vital to our food supply
Honey bees pollinate 1/3 of our food supply, and another third of the food sources for our meat products. Sole reliance on the troubled honey bee threatens our ability to pollinate fruits and vegetables to feed a growing population. BeeGAP has a simple, but bold solution to keep food on the table and what better way than involve a community in the process.

Our goal is huge, but achievable
We will help supplement the honey bee with the overlooked, but superior leafcutter bee pollinator. But we need more of these gentle-natured bees. Our BeeGAP (Gardeners Adding Pollinators) program enlists gardeners to increase awareness, raise bees successfully, and send in excess bees for re-homing to regional gardeners and growers.

How You Can Help?
Gardeners are early adapters to healthy and better gardening practices. Here at BeeGAP we offer lots of ways for how you can make a difference, and change the way we all pollinate our food. Get involved and give these wonderful pollinators a home.

Adopting a bee is all about planning the basics. Before proceeding, it is important to consider where you want to place these gentle bees. Once decided, approach the owner/manager of the public space and help them to understand the program. You will find plenty of resources online to help you with this, but should you have any questions – don’t be afraid to drop us a line.

  1. Invite the garden manager/owner to visit the BeeGAP website to learn about leafcutter bee gentleness.
  2. Partner with your local garden club or special nursery of your choice. Have them share costs of the bees, house, and mounting structure. Having their name on the plaque is a great way to market their participation and role in education – so be sure to get this message across.
  3. Finally, think through what you want to say on the plaque. You have three lines and can say whatever you’d like! If you are sharing in sponsoring the Adopt-A-Bee house, ensure you share the plaque.
Once you receive the complete set, store the bees cocoons in your refrigerator until ready to install into your solitary bee house, work with the garden management to consider placement.

Keep the co-sponsor involved with what you’re doing. If the co-sponsor is a nursery or garden center, why not help them in considering selling Leafcutter bee cocoons and bee products to their customers – to raise even greater awareness among the community.

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What you’ll receive when you adopt-a-bee
1) The Solitary Bee House complete with nesting tray system.

2) The x 50 Leafcutter bees will be sent to you immediately. If between January and August, you’ll receive the leafcutter bees in September/October.

3) Laminated signs that will hopefully bring visiting gardeners closer to learn about your leafcutter bees and other important pollinators.

Once everything is finally in place, you are ready to start the set-up process.

Below are quick tips on achieving a smooth installation:

1)Place the house on a 4×4 or on a specially designed post mounting sleeve and place in a sunny spot, conspicuously near where visitors will see it. Ensure that visitors won’t have to walk through flowers or garden beds to get close.

2) Orient the house so that it faces the morning sun and about 5′ above the ground.

3) When you’re ready, place the bee cocoons in the nesting tray’s.

4) Place the laminated signs on the post or close to the solitary bee house so that visitors will be enticed to come close to investigate. Re-word the sign and laminate it as you see fit. We suggest stapling the Velcro strip to the post/pole.

Now what?
Take a picture and email it to us. We’d love to show this on our website and credit both you and your sponsor. After each bee season is complete, bring in the trays harvest and store the bee cocoons until next spring and continue the awareness program as long as you’d like.