Our Bees

There’s not much honeybees and real estate have in common, but perhaps one might be able to help the other!
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Surprising to some, but my world doesn’t resolve around real estate alone. In a small effort to elevate awareness of the struggles facing the honeybee, as well as educate clients, colleagues and the public on the important role pollinator’s play in the food chain, I’ve combined my love of beekeeping with my passion for real estate.

“Why and how?”
Simply put, our native pollinators and honeybees are facing an unprecedented crisis. The bad news is that our honeybees are dying at an alarming rate, from something termed “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) and it’s threatening honeybee populations locally and around the world. This past winter alone, beekeepers across North America lost a shocking 31% of their hives, as they have for the past seven years in a row. Although the exact causes of CCD is not 100% certain, what is crystal clear is that we’re speeding towards a tipping point at which we will not have enough bees to pollinate our crops. What most people don’t realize is, honeybees pollinate up to 40% of our agricultural crops and if the current rate of honeybee deaths continues, our food supply will suffer dramatically.

As a longtime beekeeper, I wanted to do my part in raising awareness of this crisis and what better way than leveraging my real estate business to help support our understanding of the honey bee’s plight, as well as educate clients, colleagues and the public on the important role these pollinators play.

In support of this initiative, we’re committed to the following:

  1. With every real-estate transaction, my team and I will contribute a Mason Bee Houseportion of our proceeds to the “Boone Hodgson Wilkinson Trust Fund for Honey Bee Education & Research” to support education regarding honeybees and apiculture research in British Columbia.
  2. For every client who buys a new home through us, you’ll receive your own Mason Bee house, to install in your new garden. No need to worry, you don’t have to become a beekeeper with all the fancy equipment. These solitary bee’s look after themselves and are one of the most beneficial and benign pollinators in the bee world. A simple, fun and educational way to introduce the importance of bees and pollinators to your family.
  3. Every client gets a jar of our locally harvested honey. How’s that for a sweet deal…?
    Honey Jar

For more information on the plight of the honeybee and how you can help, please review the articles and websites below.

The Plight of the Honeybee / National Geographic
The Trouble with Beekeeping in the Anthropocene / TIME Magazine
Colony Collapse Disorder / Wikipedia
Beekeeping in Vancouver / City of Vancouver
Save the Honeybees
How You Can Help Save The Bee’s
Vancouver Honeybees Community Beekeeping
BC Honey Producers Association (BCHPA)

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