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READ: Non-profit HoneyLove.org is buzzing as lush’s charity pot partner

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Today we’re excited to share HoneyLove, one of our Charity Pot partners with you. We knew there was no better way to get you buzzing than to have Chelsea and Rob write about the amazing work that they do, and all the ways that you can help!

In the Spring of 2011, HoneyLove co-founders Chelsea and Rob McFarland would have never guessed that a swarm of honey bees showing up in their backyard would provide the inspiration for what has quickly become their life’s passion—a non-profit organization committed to conserving honey bees. Fast-forward to 2013 and HoneyLove has created an impressive local organization with a global footprint.

Bees pollinate 80% of the world’s plants including 90 different food crops, which means that 1 out of every 3 bites of food is thanks to a bee. However, since 2006, more than one third of honeybee colonies collapsed nationwide, a global phenomenon now called Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. And while there is no one smoking gun causing CCD, scientists now widely agree that it is a result of a combination of factors, made manifest by industrial beekeeping and the use of agricultural pesticides such as neonicotinoids.

While the situation is dire, honey bees permanently living in urban environments seem to be relatively unaffected by CCD. Why? Urban bees find more than enough varied forage in home gardens, landscaping and weedy areas to feed themselves throughout the seasons. And since the vast majority of the forage in the city is pesticide-free—because most homeowners aren’t dumping industrial-strength chemicals on their yards—bees have one less mortal enemy to contend with. While the city represents the bees’ best shot at surviving and thriving, HoneyLove still has a lot of work to do to ensure we will have a healthy ecosystem in the future. HoneyLove.org inspires and educates urban beekeepers at free educational workshops and beekeeping mentoring sessions. Attendees learn all about how to become urban beekeepers along with fun and interesting facts about bees; for example:

• Bees collect 4 things, water, nectar, pollen, and propolis.

• The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.

• 1 lb of honey is the product of bees visiting two million flowers and flying 55,000 miles.

• Honey is the only food that does not spoil (bacteria can’t grow in it, and because of its low moisture content and low pH – honey can last indefinitely).

You can learn more fascinating bee facts here

“By working with LUSH’s Charity Pot, we were able to really step up our education efforts in a short time. We host monthly workshops ranging from real practical beekeeping topics to things like mead-making, beeswax symposiums, honey tastings, and how to plant a pollinator-friendly garden. We try to find something for everyone. We want to give people easy ways to contribute to the future of honey bees, knowing full well that not everyone wants to put on the suit and do the whole beekeeper thing” explains Rob.

“On HoneyLove’s website everyone can find something to do to help the bees, ranging ‘easy’ to ‘hard-core’, depending on how sticky you want to get your hands” jokes Chelsea.

Easy ways you can help today:

PLANT bee-friendly plants in your yard and put out a water source. Bee-friendly plants include native and old-fashioned “heirloom” varieties, borage, sage, mint, thyme, lavender and most other herbs too.

BEE INSPIRED on the HoneyLove BLOG by all the buzz, photos, recipes, DIY projects and more!

SIGN THE PETITION to help legalize beekeeping in Los Angeles! You don’t even have to be a resident to sign. Dozens of other cities have legalized urban beekeeping including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver, and New York—help HoneyLove add LA to that list!

BECOME A HONEYLOVE MEMBER to join in the action and attend workshops

MAKE A DONATION it is 100% tax-deductible

LEARN MORE ways to get involved

 

[click here to read on the Lush Blog]

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Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

This Friday-Sunday when you purchase ANY HoneyLove.org gift we will send you another one for FREE! 

http://honeylove.org/shop/

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NEW! HoneyLove Newsletter – November 2012
Click link to view the full newsletter —> http://eepurl.com/qTEi5


This months issue includes:

- HoneyLove @ Public Interest Pictures Film Festival
- Beekeeper’s Tool Box Workshop
- HoneyLover of the Month: Ashley
- NEW Michael Bush Videos
- Legalization Update
- Upcoming events

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NEW! HoneyLove Newsletter – November 2012
Click link to view the full newsletter —> http://eepurl.com/qTEi5


This months issue includes:

- HoneyLove @ Public Interest Pictures Film Festival
- Beekeeper’s Tool Box Workshop
- HoneyLover of the Month: Ashley
- NEW Michael Bush Videos
- Legalization Update
- Upcoming events

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WATCH: “HoneyLove” 
Directed by Melanie Lim and Ryan Bautista 

Awarded FIRST PLACE at the Public Interest Pictures Non-Profit Film Festival:
http://publicinterestpics.org/film-festival/

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ARTICLE: Thousands Flock to Mar Vista Community Fall Festival

In addition to small business owners, there were a variety of non-profits on hand, including HoneyLove

“We educate and inspire new, urban beekeepers,” explained HoneyLove director Ashley Fontenot. 

She and HoneyLove founder Chelsea McFarland gave away California poppy seeds and did temporary tattoos of honeybees to also try to connect with young children who stopped by the booth with their parents. 

“This year, we got our 501c3 status, and we’re out here gaining more local support,” McFarland said. “We’re expanding in terms of our outreach.”

[click here to read the full article via venice.patch.com]

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Tonight HoneyLove.org was awarded 1ST PLACE at the Public Interest Pictures 48hr Non-Profit Film Festival ?!!! YAY BEES!!! 

Filmmakers: Melanie Lim & Ryan Bautista 

Stay tuned… we will post the film on our YouTube Channel soon!!

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Check out the October 2012 HoneyLove Newsletter <3!!!

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Thursday, JUNE 28TH!!
5% Day Supporting HONEYLOVE ?!!!

SHOP ON THIS DAY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! 5% of Whole Foods Market El Segundo’s net sales will be donated to HoneyLove. HoneyLove is a 501(c)3 non-profit conservation organization with a mission to protect the honey bees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers. To find out more, please visit their website at http://honeylove.org/

Customers are encouraged to support Bee Awareness by wearing black & yellow. Everyone who shows their support will be entered into a raffle to win fun bee-inspired prizes. DRESS LIKE A BEE this day, and get LUNCH ON WHOLE FOODS (up to $10)!!
 

MEETUP: meetup.com/HoneyLove/events/69337922/
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/events/425487094149635/


ADDRESS: 760 South Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA

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It’s official!! HONEYLOVE is now a 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION!! 

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