Current Bee City Partners
Bee City Canada recognizes these businesses and non-profit organizations for their ongoing commitment to protecting pollinators.
Earth’s Honey Inc.
It wasn’t that long ago when our bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife, as well as our environment, weren’t as threatened as they are today. This is partly due to the ever increasing contamination of our air, water and ground and unfortunately, some of these contaminants, are from everyday products used to beautify our lawns and gardens. As a Bee City Business Earth’s Honey Inc. hopes it will help persuade others to reduce their use of harmful chemicals from chemical based fertilizers that ultimately harm or kill our pollinator population through our social media feeds. We feel the Bee City platform will help make it easier for us and others such as Bee City Canada to promote the need to save our pollinator population.
Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation
The work of Community Foundations already connects to many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as part of our international philanthropic movement. Community Foundations have an opportunity to further leverage our knowledge, partners and activities connecting our efforts locally to a broader vision to improve the world around us. We are proud to be designated a Bee Business – the first Community Foundation in Canada, the first business in Northumberland County, and the first business in the Municipality of Trent Hills. With this designation, as well as being considered a leader in our community and a partner with many other well-respected organizations and community groups, we would be in a position to influence and educate, as well as inspire others to protect our pollinators.
Oak Bay Golf and Marina
As a golf course located in a UNSECO Biosphere Reserve, it is important to remember that our business does not stand alone; it is a part of a wider ecosystem. As a Bee Business, we will commit to serving both our members and guests as well as the natural environment. We hope to set an example for other golf courses, turn knowledge into action, and close the gap between the sport we love and sustainability.
Luke Farrier Proulx Ltd.
Over the years, I have watched the rural properties surrounding our farm change hands and inevitably succumb to suburbanization. With each new, successive owner the lawns get bigger while large canopy trees are lost, shrubs are cut back and wildflowers cut down. The native habitat is being destroyed by an unwritten, unquestioned, culturally conditioned suburban code of conduct: mow the lawn, short and often.
The result is an ecological wasteland. Wildlife, birds and pollinators are disappearing along with their food sources, nesting sites and shelter before my eyes with heartbreaking, terrifying speed this diminished state becomes the new normal. And with that knowledge comes a responsibility to positively act for a greater good. Every business (and individual) has inherent, unique opportunities to advocate for the environment. Becoming a designated Bee City Business will allow us, as small business owners and committed individuals, to add our voice and actions to a collective chorus and amplify the simple, crucial message: protect the pollinators and their habitat – for our sake and theirs.
Central Lake Ontario Conservation
All pollinators, but especially native bees are extremely important to our ecosystems. They are a crucial component of our food webs and ecosystem communities as they have a huge impact on plant pollination and subsequent fruit/seed production. By becoming a Bee Business, we are honoured to join the two Bee Cities in our Watershed: the City of Oshawa and the Town of Whitby as together we speak for the bees. We look forward to continuing to advocate for the bees and educate our watershed residents about what and where to plant as together we can create and maintain spaces for our four-winged fuzzy pollinators. Everyone has the ability to make a difference because any sized garden can serve as a habitat island for pollinators: even a few planters on a balcony.
The Friends and Stewards of Dorchester Park
The Friends and Stewards of Dorchester Park are a grass-roots group of volunteers dedicated to restoring, maintaining, and protecting nearby nature in their local city park for the mutual benefit of present and future generations of community members including humans, and the native flora and fauna dependent on this urban habitat. The stewardship group operates as an official member of the City of Brampton’s Adopt-A-Park program, and is supported by contributions from community members, a consulting Ecologist, and the City of Brampton.
B Sweet Honey Nature Co.
Marion and Richard Robertson are the co-owners. They started out as beekeepers but quickly learned that they needed to plant pesticide free, native plants, shrubs and trees to provide the bees with the best and healthiest food possible, and before they knew it, they started a nursery business specializing in Carolinian trees, shrubs and pollinator plants. Marion Robertson is a fine writer and an excellent speaker. Below is an excerpt from one of her excellent articles recently published.
“Last year was an exciting year when we launched our assisted tree migration program and expanded our Ontario seed sourcing. It was a big step and now we are letting this ‘ simmer ‘ with the plant industry and the general public.This year, we want to move our honey farm forward by taking well known agricultural ideas and crops and using them in a more unconventional way. We want to become ‘ Farm for Pollinators ‘. By farming for all pollinators, native and honeybee, the honey bee business and nursery will benefit.”
Established in Quebec in 2004, Bleu Lavande takes advantage of the microclimate in the heart of Fitch Bay’s spectacularly beautiful rolling countryside to grow lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and produce a range of products for the body and home. All products are made in Canada using natural origin ingredients, not tested on animals and free of parabens, petroleum products and artificial fragrances. Bee City Canada is excited to be partnering with Bleu Lavande to promote the protection of pollinators!
A sister of the earth, Catherine Dowdell bring vitality to your plants. She is a certified arborist, Red Seal landscape horticulturalist, certified sustainable landscape and urban forestry professional. Specialties include sustainable, edible and naturalized landscapes, including food forest and agro-forestry design, using organic practices and ecological principles.
In Our Nature
In Our Nature is a natural garden and landscape design company which strives to bring nature back into our gardens and landscapes. They design and create gardens with a strong focus on native plants and creating habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. They envision a future where landscapes and gardens are not only designed to be beautiful, but also support a diverse population of pollinators and other beneficial wildlife to ensure a healthy environment for all.
TAU Markets are big proponents of organic agriculture. They are keenly aware of the importance of leaving a healthy environment for future generations and the critical role of pollinators in maintaining rich, biodiverse ecosystems. As part of their efforts to protect pollinators and nature, they will be hosting educational events at their five store locations as well as working with local organizations to encourage urban agriculture.
Greenwood United Church
There are many good reasons why Greenwood United Church in Peterborough, Ontario, is called a “Green Church.” In addition to the numerous plantings for pollinators and two hives on the large property, the community canvassed the neighbourhood to ask homeowners to avoid using pesticides. We are happy to designate Greenwood UC the first Bee City Faith Community in Canada!
This grocery store in Surrey, BC, wants to make a difference in their local community. Its goal is to collaborate with area schools to establish pollinator and edible gardens and, in doing so, help the students and other community members to better understand the importance of pollinators and the need to act together to protect them. We wholeheartedly thank the Organic Grocer for advocating for pollinators and the environment.
Kawartha Settlers’ Village
Visitors to Kawartha Settlers’ Village, a once thriving farm that is now a fascinating collection of historic homes, artifacts and buildings, can learn about traditional beekeeping, the way the pioneers did it! The village also features naturalized and garden areas, including Environmental Park and a nature trail, with wildflowers, shrubs and trees that are important to pollinators.
Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre
Wild at Heart is a charitable, volunteer-based organization whose dedicated team works to rehabilitate and return northern Ontario’s injured, sick, and orphaned animals back to the wild. The organization also believes in educating visitors about the key role of pollinators in maintaining thriving ecosystems and a new pollinator garden, which opened is 2017, is a focal point for many educational activities.
The Calgary Zoo
The grounds of the Calgary Zoo host thousands of nectar-rich native plants, with varying and overlapping bloom times, and floral shapes to satisfy a diverse population of pollinators. Also, zoo visitors learn about pollinators through interpretive signage, interactive programs and educational workshops. For these and other reasons, the Calgary Zoo has been recognized as first Bee City Business in Alberta.
West Queen West
West Queen West created Toronto’s first bee-friendly streetscape, lining a section of Queen Street with large, artfully decorated, concrete planters and bee hotels that make pollinators feel at home in Canada’s largest city. The BIA also organizes educational events where the local community can learn about gardening for pollinators. For this, Bee City Canada has recognized West Queen West as the first Canadian Bee Business.
Tees For Bees
Tees For Bees creates buzz about saving the bees with some funky tee shirts. Their aim is to bring the cause to the mainstream and raise awareness among groups that would not usually be knowledgeable about bees and pollinators. They also donate 10% of their profits to support Bee City Canada and participate in community outreach projects and educating young children.