In our earlier pilot project “HoneyBees and Orange Trees”, we planted 620 trees and installed 8 bee colonies with over 100,00 bees as elephant-deterring “live fences”. Since then we learned so much about what works and what doesn’t while cultivating new relationships and new skillsets. Expanding in 2019, we planted flowers and trees on a 2-acre farm in Sri Lanka in hopes of regenerating butterfly numbers and increasing bee presence. Kidney disease is rampant throughout the small villages due, in part, to contaminated groundwater wells and soil. To help slow down the use of the deadly chemicals in villages already struggling with crop loss due to foraging elephants, healthy beehives around a farm and a butterfly garden around the home garden could potentially increase pollination while decreasing pesticide use.
Combining “western-style” bee boxes with traditional bee pots is a good combination to attract wild swarms. Learning from the old ways while bringing in some new ways values the past while moving ever-forward into the future.
Combining butterflies and bees as a sort of “surround sanctuary” could potentially save human lives as well as shift away from the practices that are making the soil and water truly poisonous to humans and all other animals. An increase in pollinators can help build a bridge to a healthier future while additional options and education are slowly introduced. It takes time to change minds about how farming practices can help or hurt in the long run, and when you’re just getting by as a subsistence farmer, it can be scary to change the methods you’ve used for years.
We are not currently taking donations for this specific bee project, as we are not working in Sri Lanka at this time. We hope that passageway might reopen once again in the future.