|One of our girls enjoying a Kale flower|
|Winnie the Pooh|
Last year we received a grant from the Vancouver Foundation to purchase the hive and bees for the Food Bank hive. We were blessed to be a recipient of a grant from the Vancouver Foundation again this year to purchase a second beehive. The Vancouver Foundation provides funding for community projects that help build a healthy, sustainable sense of community that is sometimes lacking in large urban areas.
"With over 1,600 funds and assets totaling $930 million, Vancouver Foundation is Canada’s largest community foundation. Each year, Vancouver Foundation and its donors make more than 5,300 grants, totaling approximately $50 million to registered charities across Canada. Since it was founded in 1943, Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with its donors, has distributed more than $1 billion to thousands of community projects and programs. Grant recipients range from social services to medical research groups, to organizations devoted to arts and culture, the environment, education, children and families, disability supports for employment, youth issues and animal welfare. To find out more please explore our website or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter."
We are constantly bombarded by world news, mostly negative, that neglects to remind us of all the wonderful, small community projects going on around us. Many of these projects are made possible by the Vancouver Foundation and help to make this world a little better place to live in. For us, the Strathcona Beekeepers it has helped us continue to provide free beekeeping lessons and guidance to the community; free native and honey bee demonstrations; maintain our community bee and plant resource website; share our honey extractor with over 20 community beekeepers annually purchased with funds from the Vancouver Foundation; provide a place in Strathcona (Cottonwood Garden) for community, cooperative beekeeping; increase neighbourhood pollination and food crop yield; financially support Cottonwood Community Garden through the sale of honey and provide honey to the Vancouver Food Bank.
|We raised $400 selling honey for Cottonwood Garden this year|
|4 year old Jack giving a bee lecture at Cottonwood Community Garden Open House|
|Our beehives have been superbly painted by amazingly, artistic community children's groups.|
|Amy from the Food Bank receiving some of our fresh, organic produce.|
"Place a beehive on my grave
And let the honey soak through.
When I'm dead and gone,
That's what I want from you.
The streets of heaven are gold and sunny,
But I'll stick with my plot and my pot of honey.
Place a beehive on my grave
And let the honey soak through."
-Sue Monk Kidd