The 3rd annual Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award is seeking nominations of individuals that employ beekeeping to benefit their community. The award is an initiative of Bayer's North American Bee Care Center. The winner will be given $5,000 to support his or her project and receive an invitation to Washington D.C. during National Pollinator Week in June with all expenses covered.
Last year, Herbert Everhardt was the lucky winner. The veteran from Kearneysville, West Virginia, created the first beekeeping program for veterans in the United States, sponsored by the West Virginia Beekeepers Association. The initiative educates young people and veterans in beekeeping and covers topics such as how to establish a hive and how to market its products like honey or wax. "Since receiving the award this past summer, we have been able to expand our programs and reached even more veterans by engaging them in the pleasure and responsibilities of beekeeping," says Everhardt. "Bayer's grant allowed us to tap into the growing interest in beekeeping and help a new generation of beekeepers to develop an awareness for the importance of bees and their colonies."
Anyone focusing on honey bees can apply: projects using beekeeping in therapy, educating others about beekeeping and bee care or organizing community events around a beehive – almost every effort is welcome.
Application forms can be obtained here. The deadline for submission is April 3rd 2015.