We always thought bee culture was a great metaphor for our travel philosophy. In the beginning, we started with our hotel, The Beehive. When demand outgrew our little ‘hive’, and we started spreading around the business to other small establishments, it was obvious that we would call this service Cross-Pollinate.
In the real world of apiculture though, there’s some serious danger, and although Cross-Pollinate has nothing to do with horticulture, we think our relationship with the bees is strong enough to support this cause and want to spread the word about our friends at Your Garden Show.
Your Garden Show has joined forces with The Great Sunflower Project to help find out what is happening with our bees, because bees – in the wild, near farms, even in towns and cities – appear to be disappearing.
Bees are responsible for one third of all food in the U.S.A. Other important natural products, like medicines, also depend on a thriving local bee community. In monetary terms, bees are worth trillions of dollars. In human terms, they are crucial to our survival.
The Bee-o-Meter, a social media program developed to track our bee population, will launch at YourGardenShow.com on April 29, 2011. The Great Sunflower Project, with research sponsor San Francisco State University, has teamed with YourGardenShow.com to build the largest ever simultaneous, multi-point environmental bee pollinator data collection system.
For more information and to get involved and help our pollinators, click here.