Gardening is an important activity for Sherri Sagmiller’s family. Sherri, a bee lover, knew she wanted to make beekeeping part of her family’s sustainable practices. To do this, Sherri embarked on a journey to learn everything she could about bees, find people within the beekeeping community who could help her, and took a leap of faith. That was 6 months ago. Today, Sherri is working to help her first hive prosper and embracing life as a beekeeper.
“It was a little overwhelming at first, but now when I check the colony and see the bees working together and doing well, I’m so glad to be doing this,” Sherri states. “They respond to the energy you give them and are friendly when they know you aren’t there to harm them.”
While honeybees themselves aren’t endangered, native bees across America are in serious trouble. The Sagmillers hope that, once established, the hive will add to their own food sustainability and that the environment created for their own bees will benefit all endangered native bees in the area. To do this, they maintain their land in its natural state with native plants, water sources, and ground cover. Approximately 90% of native bee species need these types of natural habitats to survive.
To learn more about simple activities we can all participate in to help our environment, visit our website One Thing Movement.