WHOLE KIDS FOUNDATION (WKF): WHAT IS THE BEE CAUSE PROJECT’S APPROACH TO ADVANCING CHILDREN’S NUTRITION AND WELLNESS?
The Bee Cause Project: We believe that it is important for everyone, especially children, to know where their food comes from. That means starting at the beginning of the food system to understand why pollinators are key players. Bees are responsible for pollinating 70% of the top 100 food crops worldwide, accounting for 90% of the world’s nutrition. Our grant programs, including the Bee Grant, are designed to provide educational pathways to making real-world connections between bees and food ecosystems.
Wellness also includes mindfulness, a much-needed element in schools and child-care centers in today’s post-pandemic world. Our network of educators that share our mission embrace the value of students spending time in the garden to reconnect with the sights and sounds of nature. We provide resources for practical and meaningful ways to spend time in the outdoors including Garden Journaling, Garden Find and Seek, designing Phenology Wheels, finding Sit Spots, creating Sound Maps, and so much more in our curricula and newsletters. We feel like we could use a little more sunshine and fresh air in our lives!
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR KIDS TO LEARN ABOUT OR BE EXPOSED TO LIVE BEES?
Watch any busy beehive for a few minutes and you’ll quickly see: honey bees are most powerful and productive when they work together. They are the very definition of a community whose survival is based on every bee doing its job in harmony with the hive. Bees are fascinating to watch as they bring pollen and nectar to the hive, clean and groom the queen, carry away debris, build honeycombs, and complete their cosmic tasks. The hive has been described as a miniature farm that can be utilized in both urban and rural settings no matter what your campus fence lines may look like – making a beehive the perfect learning tool.