Wedderspoon Wins 2016 Black Tie Award!

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Wedderspoon is proud to announce that our Canadian branch, based on beautiful Vancouver Island, has won a Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Black Tie Award!

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On April 9, the Wedderspoon Canada team was proudly recognized as the winner in the Business Achievement category for the prestigious awards. The chamber narrowed down the pool of nominees from 112 to 24 finalists, three in each of the eight categories.  After a lengthy interview process by a panel of judges, winners were chosen and business leaders and influencers in the region gathered in celebration at the lovely Brentwood College in Mill Bay.

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Congratulations to our Canadian team on a job well done!

 

Wedderspoon’s Gift Guide: Something For Everyone On Your List

Braving the crowded malls and superstores, eager shoppers bustle about, searching for just the right gift for all the loved ones on their holiday lists. With the best of intentions, they buy yet another golf shirt for dad, a sweater for mom and a gift certificate for their favorite sibling. While these presents are nothing to balk at, this year why not choose from our lust-worthy list of unique holiday goodies, perfectly curated for everyone on your holiday gift list? We promise, your family and friends will thank you.

For the Women in Your Life:

Queen of the Hive Face Contour Cream with Manuka Honey and Bee Venom 

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What better way to show you care than by gifting this luxurious nontoxic, Manuka honey-infused cream to all the beauty-loving ladies on your list? Our proprietary blend of clean, organic and natural ingredients work in synergy to stimulate, nourish and intensely hydrate the skin. Suitable for all skin types, this rich cream is sure to please.

For the Honey Lover:

100% Raw Manuka Honey KFactor 16 and 12

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As if our 100% Raw Manuka Honey wasn’t sweet enough, we are offering 15% off our KFactor Gold Manuka 12 and 16 for the entire month of December!  Our gold line is housed in elegant glass jars, pretty enough to display during holiday festivities. Further, this Non-GMO verified super food is raw, never manipulated and comes in two distinct potencies, 16 and 12.

For Your Favorite Foodie:

Wedderspoon Holiday Gift Box featuring 100% Raw Gourmet Honeys in Beechwood, Rata and Dandelion 

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Not sure which honey will please the foodie on your list? With our Gourmet Holiday Gift Box, you don’t have to choose. Featuring our Beechwood, Rata and Dandelion honeys, our Holiday Gift Box takes the guesswork out of gifting. Each specialty honey is encased in its own reusable, recyclable glass jar, perfectly sized for pairing with cheeses, wines and fruits. Shop now and receive 20% off the Holiday Gift Box now through the end of the month!

For the Health-Conscious:

100% Raw Manuka Honey Limited Edition KFactor 22 

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Trying to wow your most health-conscious friend or relative? Look no further than our one-of-a-kind, Limited Edition Manuka Honey. Rare and unique, sourced from the pristine landscapes of New Zealand our Limited Edition KFactor 22 Manuka honey boasts our highest pollen count (over 90%) with the strongest antioxidant and immune boosting properties of our entire line of Manuka honeys. Bonus for the do-gooder on your list: 5% of proceeds from the sale of our Limited Edition Manuka go to fund bee conservation efforts at Rodale Institute!

 

 

Saving Honeybees, One Hive at a Time

Teaming up with like-minded individuals and organizations is one of the most effective ways to broaden the scope and reach of your message. In our case, partnering with the Rodale Institute has not only deepened our ability to deliver our message of bee conservation but also given us an opportunity to affect real change through hosting a bee hive at the beautiful Honeybee Conservancy
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 The Honeybee Conservancy at Rodale Institute was started in 2012 in response to colony collapse disorder and the major health problems that have devastated the honeybee population in North America. They believe that individual honeybee stewards are one of the solutions to this problem. ‘Coach’ Mark Smallwood, the Director of Rodale Institute, shares how his goal for the Conservancy mimics Rodale Institute’s very first study on organic vs. conventional farming methods in stating:
     “We’re most well-known for a study we started back in 1981 called the Farming Systems Trial so it’s a 34 year study, it’s the longest of its kind in the United States and it’s growing conventional right next to organic produce and so that’s sort of the routine that we follow – we try to mimic anything else that we do in this realm. So right now we have conventional hives and organic hives. They’re not all at the Rodale Institute they’re on 3 different sites but we’re going to do conventional treatments on half and organic treatments on the other half and begin to collect that data and really focus on hive health, not honey production but hive health. Just in the short-term, we’re seeing the organic hives doing much better than the conventional but we want to collect good data and keep going over the next couple years. Our hypothesis is that the conventional treatments do harm to the hive bodies, the organic does not. That’s what we’re trying to prove.”
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The Conservancy promotes healthy beekeeping practices through education and outreach and includes classes in sustainable beekeeping practices, support for beginner beekeepers through the network and hive hosting on their 333-acre organic farm.
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We are thrilled to have our own hive at the Conservancy and hope to inspire others who can’t keep bees on their own properties to do the same! Find out more information about the Honeybee Conservancy and Rodale Institute at: http://rodaleinstitute.org/our-work/honeybee-conservancy/ and our partnership on our ‘Our Partners page’.

Whether you’re a green thumb with a garden or a city-dweller, we have compiled a list of ways you can partake in the effort to save the bees.

  • Banning pesticides and chemicals from your garden creates an environment in which pollinators can thrive.
  • Just like humans, bees love diversity in their diet! Try to plant a varied selection of plants to supply pollinators with an abundance of pollen and nectar.
  • Along with native plant species, plan an herb garden with anything in the mint family, including perennial sages, and allow them to flower to really attract native bee species.
  • Make sure to avoid hybrid plant varieties as they often do not product as much nectar or pollen as heirloom varieties!
  • Create habitats for wild bees if you have the space – leave branches, bare ground and natural shelters for bees rather than landscaped and manicured lawns.
  • Choose Non-GMO and organic products whenever possible to support those who are also doing their part to help save the bees! 

July is National Honey Month: #beeaware of the change!

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Since 1989, the National Honey Board has celebrated September as National Honey Month and until this year no one has questioned the awareness event’s chosen month or incentive. But after a careful investigation into best beekeeping practices and dialogues in conjunction with our partner, The Rodale Institute, Wedderspoon has decided to come forward to create a campaign to change Honey Month. ‘Coach’ Mark Smallwood, The Rodale Institute’s Executive Director explains the impetus for the change and our motivation in stating “If you are a beekeeper and you are going to take honey, you should finish by the end of July so that the bees have enough honey to survive the winter. Continuing to harvest honey until September does not give them enough time to build necessary stores for the winter.”

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Our joint campaign to change Honey Month will celebrate honeybees and their contribution to the food system as pollinators. We also aim to raise awareness around the decline in honeybee populations and the threats they face in the form of toxic agricultural chemicals. Beekeepers have been reporting losses in their colonies of around 30-90% each year since around 2006 and unfortunately there is no end in sight. The plight of the honeybee, though seemingly far-removed from our daily life, is indeed crucial to our collective health. Not only are they responsible for pollinating upwards of 90% of our yummiest flowering crops but honeybees are also referred to as ‘canaries in the mine’ or ‘keystone species’ – indicators of wider environmental damage able to monitor and alert us to negative environmental influences before other signs and symptoms are seen on a larger scale.

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We hope to utilize our position and wield our influence in order to spread awareness about this extremely important and timely issue. Please continue to check back for a special giveaway, informative blog posts and special bee facts throughout the entire month of July! Remember to use the hashtag #beeaware to tag your own posts about pollinator-friendly gardening and show the bees some love!

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Don’t forget to visit our ‘Our Partners’ page to find out more about this exciting initiative with The Rodale Institute.