Today on the show we explore bees and their social impact.
In 2012, Sarah Common co-founded Hives for Humanity Society, alongside her mother, Julia, in response to a gap she saw in opportunities for connection to nature, to community and to meaningful work for marginalized citizens.
She has coordinated partnerships between a variety of organizations and businesses, developing programming that builds self-worth and community pride.
We talk about how it got founded, how it works, and tips for other groups looking to do something similar in their communities.
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“We are looking to enhance communities through apiculture.” – Sarah Common
- How beekeeping can keep people healthy as well
- What her organization does to bring together marginalized communities
- How planting seeds creates a transformative moment for disadvantages communities
- Why you have to be focused when handling bees and how it helps people stay present
- What’s been the hardest thing about getting this garden project growing
- How she pulled together the resources to get this projected started in the community
- How the beekeeping community has responded to this project
- What is specific about keeping bees in this part of Vancouver, BC
- What the project is doing to collaborate with professors and other experts
- Where they want the Society to be in the future
- How to get the project to a point where it will be self-sustaining
- What foundations could do to better support the organizations
“Holding a frame of hundreds of living, vibrating, colorful bees creates an interaction and a responsibility that builds self worth .” – Sarah Common