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20 hours ago

Ensure Hive Future
Happy World Bee Day 🐝. Had to take a ski break from beekeeping @whistlerblackcomb for the last day of the season! 🐝 #whistler #springskiing #onlyinwhistler #gaperday #gowhistler #ensurehivefuture #leapcreativestudio #vshbees #beekeeping #beesofinstagram #honeybee #sustainablebeekeeping #ourwhistlerbees #localbees #whistlerchamber #vshqueens #fairmontwhistlr #hollyburnproperties #unitedway #beansaroundtheworld #mountainequipment ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Ensure Hive Future
It’s Queen Rearing season starting. Memories from past seasons. Fond! #Vshqueens #vshbees #ensurehivefuture #sustainablebees #ourwhistlerbees #bcfarmersmarket #amblsidefarmersmarket ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

Ensure Hive Future
Another use for burlap inner covers. Setting up extra feed. We have been using burlap as inner covers first with our custom mating NUCS. Many advantages, but especially the ability to “roll” back to only release bees on one side. That lead to using with 2 x 5 mating NUCS in regular Langstroth. As we went away from any top entrances or to; ventilation we started using for all our production colonies. The bees will Propolize quite nicely. We previously made our own dried sugar cake in muffin tins as insurance or spring feed. That was around using ventilating top covers and 3 inch pvc through insulation. This experiment is using rigid insulation to create a dam. There is clear tape to block wind / insect passage. A few cuts into the burlap along to paper combine.We use nothing but heavily insulated custom telescopic covers, so this allows a very minimal heat loss to do a quick peak. Pictured is one of our II breeder queens selected for chewed mites on the bottom boards. Sugar was added 6 days ago. With the crazy warm weather in the pacific north west thought might be a good time for an experiment. #vshqueens #ensurehivefuture #treatmentfreebees #instrumentalinsemination #iiqueens ... See MoreSee Less
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1 years ago

Ensure Hive Future
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 20, 2023Ensure Hive Future Celebrates World Bee Day Expanding Its Local Rooftop Beekeeping Program Promoting Honeybee Sustainability, Education and the Environment.Vancouver, BC — To celebrate International World Bee Day, Ensure Hive Future is expanding its sustainable beekeeping program to include even more local Vancouver rooftops this year. “We are pleased to be continuing our partnerships with Bean Around The World Coffee Roastery and Hollyburn Properties in participation with their environmentally responsible mandate for sustainability over the long term, and we have expanded this year to also include the rooftops of United Way and the Mountain Equipment Company Vancouver Store as well,” according to Iain Glass, Executive Director at Ensure Hive Future. “We will be providing locally adapted bees and education for not only Hollyburn Properties residents and these additional local businesses, but a worldwide audience as well. Together, our goal is to set a new sustainable standard for property management within Canada and beyond.”Native pollinators are in decline and merely replacing them with imported bees from other countries does not address the underlying problems. “We will follow the lives of our colonies throughout the season and host regular education opportunities for the local community,” continues Glass. “Additionally, we will be sharing our educational outreach and research for locally adapted Better Bees.” Ensure Hive Future is also employing summer students to further educate and support the local beekeeping community, and for the first time this year EHF will be participating in the local Lonsdale and Ambleside Artisan Farmers Markets selling local honey and sharing its love of beekeeping with these communities as well.About Ensure Hive Future:Ensure Hive Future is a federally incorporated not-for-profit dedicated to apiary research and education. They are working to select for local adaptation and natural resistance to the pathogens which stress bees by “Following the Science for the Bees.” They are working from survival stock, meaning bees who survive without the normal antibiotics and pesticides prophylactically used to keep the vast majority of Western World bees alive. One of their main goals is to see local production of disease resistance honeybees by removing our current dependence on imported honeybees. About Bean Around The World Coffees:Since the beginning, we sought out the best beans and the best people that the coffee industry had to offer. People seem to appreciate that, and we’ve been growing ever since. In 1994, we opened up our roastery, which allowed us to provide that iconic Bean Around the World taste to an increasing number of shops. We’ve now got 23 locations around the Lower Mainland and a bounty of loyal coffee subscribers who get their beans by delivery.About Hollyburn Properties:Hollyburn Properties Limited is a Canadian property management, real estate investment and purpose-built rental development company. Founded in 1972 in West Vancouver, Hollyburn is a family business at the forefront of the industry, dedicated to providing residential rental apartment homes across Canada. Hollyburn currently manages and operates multiple commercial properties, over 90 rental apartment communities nationwide, with over 5,700 suites in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa. Through environmental stewardship, employee training and support and community partnerships, it is Hollyburn’s mission to raise the standard of our property management practices to the benefit of our residents, our employees and the property management industry in Canada.About United Way:As of July 1, 2021, six United Ways across the province have joined together to become United Way British Columbia – one organization, united to ensure communities in BC’s Interior, Lower Mainland, and Central & Northern Vancouver Island thrive. More than ever before, BC communities need help addressing critical social issues. As a unified provincial organization, we have consolidated our resources to respond to urgent needs in real-time in order to drive positive, lasting change in our local communities. The unified organization serves over 4 million British Columbians, delivering resources and support to the people who need it most. Our areas of focus include Urgent Response, Children & Youth, Seniors, Poverty, Mental Health, and Food Security. About Mountain Equipment Company (MEC):We aspire to be the most viable, vibrant outdoor retail business in Canada. We want to bring about a future where Canadians of all ages, and especially our youth, play outdoors in self-propelled ways more often and in ever-increasing numbers; have access to a comprehensive, carefully nurtured network of parks, wilderness, and outdoor recreation areas; and have a connection to nature that is stronger than ever. We want MEC and our members to set examples that inspire other organizations and individuals towards environmental, social, and economic sustainability. In short, we want to leave the world better than we found it.Image:Ensure Hive Future summer students installing hives this week at the MEC Vancouver Store. (Left To Right – Maya Fong, James Drover and Tanner Pereschitz)Contact Information:Iain Glass, Ensure Hive FutureIain.Glass@EnsureHiveFuture.org | 604 764 5665-30- ... See MoreSee Less
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2 years ago

Ensure Hive Future
Available Research NUCsExpressions of Interest Welcome!We are over producing strong V.S.H. NUCs for our own research and breeding purposes.• Planned availability late June 2022 • Queens from our top locally overwintered V.S.H. Instrumentally Inseminated Breeder Queen• Her daughters have over wintered well as small clusters, build up rapidly, and are good honey producers• All NUCs will be inspected prior to deliveryCost:$325 each (with $50 deposit as earnest expression of interest)Priority will be given to those who will also provide some data collection including USDA VSH test. We will assist you in gathering and share the data within the group.Send email to confirm your interest including beekeeping experience to: VSH2022@EnsureHiveFuture.org ... See MoreSee Less
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