The Rodale Institute - respecting and conserving bees
Founded in in 1947, the Rodale Institute is located on a 333-acre working organic farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. J.I. Rodale, founder of the Institute, coined the mantra they live by today: healthy soil, healthy food equals healthy people.
The Institute is committed to groundbreaking research in organic agriculture, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating people about how organic is the safest, healthiest option for people and the planet.
The Honeybee Conservancy at The Rodale Institute began in 2012 in response to the major health problems that have decimated the honeybee population in North America. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) still results in a 30% death rate every winter for these valuable pollinators with no answer in sight.
New Langstroth hives are a recent addition to the Institute. They were built to provide a home for ten, superior genetic Russian bee colonies. With new hives and colonies, the goal is to build up the apiary. Grafting and rearing queens from superior genetics and then making splits to larger colonies will ultimately expand the apiary and grow a large, strong amount of bees.
As the apiary grows and bees continue to overwinter and surge for the next several years, the Institute can preform valid research on the colonies in the hope of determining the cause of CCD.
One day, Rodale plans to sell organically raised, treatment-free bees as well as treatment-free honey.
Collier Leeds is dedicated to helping support the work of the Honey Bee Conservancy at The Rodale Institute by donating $10 for every Twiggy collar purchased.