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How SAVAGE BEE-CHES® Is Redefining Honey Production with Sustainability at Its Heart

How SAVAGE BEE-CHES® Is Redefining Honey Production with Sustainability at Its Heart - SAVAGE BEE-CHES®

San Diego County alone is home to about 600 species of bees.

At SAVAGE BEE-CHES®, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword—it’s the foundation of everything we do. From our inception, our mission has been clear: produce exceptional honey while harmonizing human activities with environmental restoration. This journey began under the umbrella of O'Shun's Orchard, an agricultural endeavor designed to produce food and preserve the serenity of natural spaces, particularly a 120-acre plot in the high desert that was once a neglected land littered with debris.

A Vision for Restoration

When we first acquired the land, filled with potential yet marred by past misuse, our vision was not only to rehabilitate it but to transform it into a thriving ecosystem. The initial plan was straightforward: clean up the area and begin planting trees. However, as we delved deeper into understanding the delicate chaparral ecosystem and its climate challenges, our strategy evolved significantly.

Bee Diversity and Ecosystem Impact

The introduction of bee hives at our existing avocado and citrus groves was an eye-opener. Observing the diverse pollinators of San Diego County, from neon green bees to striped black and white varieties, was mesmerizing. Yet, a troubling change was noted the following season—the disappearance of these native bees, overshadowed by the burgeoning population of our honey bees. This led to a profound realization about the impact of non-native honey bees on local ecosystems.

Striving for Balance

It became evident that while honey bees are crucial for large-scale agriculture, they can inadvertently harm native bee populations. To address this, we decided against expanding our hive numbers. Instead, we focus on collaborating with other beekeepers to manage our collective impact and support a broader range of pollinator species.

Investing in Native Bee Conservation

Our commitment extends beyond maintaining honey bee populations. We invest in creating bee hotels and other safe havens to support the breeding and repopulation of native bees. This initiative is part of our broader commitment to environmental stewardship and ethical beekeeping practices.

A Call to Action for Beekeepers

We encourage other beekeepers and honey brands to consider their impact on native ecosystems. It’s vital to develop strategies that support all pollinators, not just those that benefit agricultural outputs. In our marketing and educational efforts, we emphasize the importance of "saving the bees" in its truest form—protecting every species involved.

One of our bee hotels. You can see a bee has moved into one of the nooks. We wish them well

Conclusion

At SAVAGE BEE-CHES®, we believe that true sustainability in honey production comes from understanding and mitigating our environmental impact. By fostering a balance between honey production and the health of native bee populations, we contribute to a more sustainable and ethical future. Join us in this crucial endeavor—your choice in honey can make a difference.

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