Queens: One key to honeybee sustainability

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2020: $3,952.00
Projected End Date: 07/31/2022
Grant Recipient: Salem4youth
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Manager:
Steve McNair


  • Animals: bees


  • Crop Production: beekeeping, pollinator habitat, pollinator health
  • Education and Training: demonstration
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity

    Proposal abstract:

    "Beekeepers who have success with new colonies tend to be those who are using locally produced queen bees installed into colonies that were produced from local bees, they that survived winter or periods of extreme stress. Any step toward localization of genetic stock and bees tends to move the beekeeper to a higher level of success." - American Bee Journal, 10/15

    One important facet of food sustainability is a healthy pollinator population. We will provide hands on opportunities to produce local queens and colonies emphasizing this fact. They will learn that they can have an impact on their food future.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. This is a queen bee in the center of the photo

      Educate students on the importance of pollinators to our very survival and the environmental factors that have an impact on pollinator survival. (Queen surrounded by workers)

    2. Students hands-on involved, from egg to queen.
    3. Host a community education seminar regarding pollinators and planting for pollinator sustainability.
    4. Use social media throughout the project to share progress and results, and create awareness.
    5. Enhance the pollinator forage here on the ranch through students planting native plants.
    6. Have an article published about the project in The American Bee Journal.
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.