Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation

Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation

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.

Luke Farrier Proulx Ltd.

Luke Farrier Proulx Ltd.

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.

Grow Wild! Native Plant Nursery

Grow Wild! Native Plant Nursery

Grow Wild! Native Plant Nursery

Now, more than ever before, it is important to not only preserve and protect our natural ecosystems but to help restore them to their previous levels of biodiversity. Native plants improve the overall health of pollinating insect populations, including supporting many species of bees and butterflies. Grow Wild! is proud to not only provide habitat for those pollinators on our own property but also to help others preserve and restore their own pollinator spaces.

Earth’s Honey Inc

Earth’s Honey Inc

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.

Oak Bay Golf and Marina

Oak Bay Golf and Marina

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.