About Crown Bees
In 1994, my wife noticed that our neighbors' apple trees had way more apples than the ones growing in our own yard. Me, being a "why" person, needed to know more. After talking with my neighbor, I learned the secret of his success were mason bees. The following year I experimented with a backyard bee garden of my own and watched my apple trees flourish. I was hooked! Years later, my passion took over and I decided I had to find a way help these amazing pollinators thrive. So, I converted my garage into a work space and in 2008 Crown Bees was born.
Over the years, we've outgrown the garage. And, while we're still a small company, we've had a big impact. Through collaborations with researchers, peers, and community groups, we've set the standard for best practices in solitary bee raising and have helped thousands of people across the United States and Canada grow fresh, healthy food.
That desire to know "why" still drives Crown Bees. It's what keeps us informed on current challenges facing our bee populations and brings us together to find sustainable solutions. We hope you join us in asking why. You never know, your curiosity might just bring awareness and change to the world!
-Dave Hunter, Founder of Crown Bees
A society in balance with nature where more plants and food are produced through natural pollination by solitary bees.
To create vibrant communities of bee raisers by providing healthy hole-nesting bees and bee raising supplies, along with quality support and educational programs. Our processes and product designs are driven by research and community partnerships to ensure they are bee-safe and sustainability-focused.
We Put Bees Health First
Our criteria for safe and healthy bees rests on meticulous harvesting techniques to remove pests and pollutants, educating our bee raisers on research-based best practices, bee-safe products, and sorting our cocoons by ecoregions to give the bees a better chance of survival when they emerge in the spring.
Commitment to Food Security
Growing food in community and home gardens can provide people with more access to healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. Our Community Garden Pollination program builds awareness and provides information about native hole-nesting bees to visitors of the gardens, while also providing spring and summer pollination to increase garden yields.
In Balance With Nature
We are continuously updating our business practices to be more environmentally responsible and look to nature first for inspiration. We are committed to being transparent about our sustainability goals and progress towards our targets.
We work and partner with beekeepers, landowners, researchers, K-12 schools, universities, nonprofits, and government agencies to stay informed on the current challenges facing our native bee populations and to bring together the best practices for solving those challenges.
Innovate and Inspire
Our success - and much of the excitement - stems from the innovative ideas that are generated within our collaborative community and our passion to share that knowledgeto inspire others!
Our Goal is Your Success
Our goal is to help people help bees. Through educational and community programs, citizen science projects, school resources, our evidence-based online knowledge base, newsletters and blogs, and our self-service support center, we aim to empower people to address food insecurity, sustainability, and solitary bee conservation.
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We take great pride in providing you with healthy hole-nesting bees, specific to your ecoregion, to give both you and the bees the best chance for success!
How do we do it?
Spring Mason Bees
1) Each fall our community of gardeners and farmers sell us their extra mason bee cocoons
2) Each cocoon is treated and examined on a light table to remove pests, parasites, and pollutants
3) Cocoons are sorted by region and overwintered in our temperature-controlled coolers
4) When you order from us, you'll receive bees specific to your region to give them the best chance of survival
5) We'll send you tips/reminders to help you successfully raise your bees
6) Sell your extra bees back to us in the fall and help increase natural pollination and food production across the country
Summer Leafcutter Bees
The alfalfa leafcutter bee (ALCB) was introduced into North America from Europe in the 40's. The ALCB is now naturalized across North America and is the perfect pollinator for summer blooms. Don't let the name fool you, alfalfa leafcutters are generalists that visit many different types of flowers.
We source our ALCB cocoons from Saskatchewan, Canada. Why? Because, we found a distributor that meets our quality-control standards, reducing the incidences of parasites and diseases in our ALCB cocoons.