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    The University of Minnesota Bee Lab - Sanctuary Recipient September 2021

    The University of Minnesota Bee Lab - Sanctuary Recipient September 2021

    Imagine a world without almonds, flowers, apples, coffee, cotton, berries… no thank you! All different types of Bees play a key role in the productivity of agriculture & in the beauty and functioning of our natural world. They pollinate our fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers, and they keep us buzzing.

    Bees currently face


    • Disruption of natural habitats leading to lack of “bee flowers.”

    • Widespread overuse of pesticides.

    • Numerous bee diseases and parasites have created a health crisis for managed bees and declines in our wild, native bee populations.

    This month, $1 from each bottle of ourSanctuary Collection will go to the University ofMinnesota Bee Lab, an incredible Bee research facility at the University of Minnesota.

    The Bee Lab’s mission is to promote the conservation, health and diversity of ALL bees—native and non-native, wild and managed—through research, education and hands-on mentorship.

    Their work is an effort to mitigate the disruption of bee habitats occurring en masse throughout the globe.

    Bee Squadder Clara planting native sunflowersActions you can take to help the bees


    1. Plant flowers and keep those flowers free of pesticide contamination.
    Try planting these bee superfoods appropriate for mostregions:



    Illustrations for wildflowersWildflowers

    Echinacea, Sunflowers, Lupine, Sage, Goldenrod, Milkweed, Aster, Violets.



    Illustrations for shrubs & treesShrubs & Trees

    Wild Lilac, Dogwood, Raspberry, Blackberry, Elderberry, Blueberry, + Pine, Maple, Sumac & Oak.



    Illustrations for grassesGrasses

    Sedges, Wheatgrass, Sweetgrass, Junegrass, Bluestem, Muhly, Dropseed.



    Illustrations for edible plantsEdible Plants

    Onion/Chive/Garlic/Leek/Scallion, Brassica (Kale, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower), Peppers, Melons, Citrus, Cucumber, Squash, Berries, Herbs (Mint, Basil, Oregano, Dill, Cilantro, Basil), Avocado, Almonds, Cherries, Peach, Plum, Pear, Eggplant, Potato, Tomato, Okra, Chamomile.


    Planting Resources | Info on Keeping Plants Pesticide Free

    2. Create nesting habitats.

    Provide undisturbed areas where bees can make their own nests. Key elements are standing, dead stems, downed logs, brush piles, and most importantly, undisturbed ground (both bare and covered with thatch).

    Nesting Habitat Resources

    3. Support Minnesota Bee Lab efforts.

    Ongoing research projects include optimizing seed mix for pollinators, studying beneficial insects, conducting an economic analysis of bee habitat restoration, and many, many more. Financial gifts to the Bee Lab directly support this work, outreach and education while ensuring this valuable data and information is accessible to all.

    Donate directly to Bee Lab

    Stay Connected with the Bee Lab


    Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

    Our Sanctuary Collection

    Learn more about our Sanctuary Program


    Sanctuary Serum

    evanhealy Sanctuary serum

    Gentle, deep, therapeutic nourishment from the most nutrient-rich & skin supportive plants on the planet. Formulated as a feast for the skin, and created to provide a calming shroud of comfort and peace for all skin.

    Sanctuary Nectar Balm

    Sanctuary Nectar Balm

    Potent balm-version of our Sanctuary Serum created for individuals looking for a richer, more cocooning and comforting moisture step. Like the serum, it’s a topical multi-omega, multi-vitamin, and multi-nutrient.


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