About our UnBeeLievable Farms
Sustainable Food (through community-wide hydroponic shipping containers) - Our local hydroponic shipping containers bring nutritious, GAP certified agricultural practices to the CSRA. We believe our culture and community has an overall unhealthy view and supply of fresh, locally grown leafy greens and micro-greens. Additionally, other alternative food sources will be grown as the demand increases.
Sustainable Agriculture (growth of the local honey bee population to pollinate food crops, which continue to be impacted by the Colony Collapse Disorder) - The average person sitting down to dinner probably doesn’t realize the important role bees played in preparing that meal. Here’s something that might surprise you: One out of every three mouthfuls of food in the American diet is, in some way, a product of honey bee pollination—from fruit to nuts to coffee beans. And because bees are dying at a rapid rate (42 percent of bee colonies collapsed in the United States alone in 2015), our food supply is at serious risk. The bee’s plight is widespread: Serious declines have been reported in both managed honeybee colonies and wild populations. There are multiple factors at play. Each on its own is bad enough, but combined they are quickly proving too much to handle. Pesticides: These chemicals are designed, of course, to kill insects. But some systemic varieties—specifically neonicotinoids—are worse for bees than others. Loss of habitat: As rural areas become urban, the patches of green space that remain are often stripped of all weeds and their flowers, which bees rely on for food. Climate change: Unusually warm winters have caused plants to shift their schedules. When bees come out of hibernation, the flowers they need to feed on have already bloomed and died. Disease: Pathogens carried by mites weaken bees, which makes them more susceptible to pesticide poisoning. On the flip side, if bees are already weakened by pesticides, they’re more vulnerable to disease. It’s hard to imagine a world without bees, but we know the impacts on our food supply would be significant. (Think way less varied and much more expensive.) Industry is scrambling to manage the crisis, with Big Agriculture securing healthy honeybee hives from wherever it can find them and transporting them around the country to pollinate crops. Some regions in China are even hand-pollinating. The rest of us can help, too. The thing we can most control is pesticides. Anyone with outdoor space—from a container garden to a large lawn—can create a pesticide-free, safe space for pollinators that will encourage native bees and other beneficial insects. We can also make sure to purchase plants that aren’t pretreated with pesticides by asking questions when we shop for seeds and flowers. We can let our lawns grow a bit longer and leave the blooming clover for bees to enjoy. We can ask our elected officials to pass county and town ordinances to reduce pesticide spraying, and we can urge corporations to stop making and selling neonicotinoids. It’s time to pay back the tiny, struggling pollinators that do so much for us, especially at mealtime. UnBeeLievable Farms is doing their part to help!
Sustainable Energy (through "solar farms" and EV charging stations to reduce fossil fuels dependency and emissions) Fossil fuels are impacting our country in many ways, whether you believe in Global Warming or not. Wear and tear on our road systems (by heavy load gas vehicles), and dependency on oil producing countries outside the USA are just a couple of reasons to support electric vehicles (EV) use. Working with our UBF Corporate Sponsors, we are building out a network of locally owned and operated EV Charging Stations. These stations are FREE to use at our select locations. We only ask that you help support the businesses that support our cause.
Sustainable Ecosystems (through the establishment of local conservation easements and Biosphere habitat improvements) Because of the Colony Collapse Disorder, as well as soil erosion and animal habitat destruction, UBF properties are being set up as both a conservation easement and a wildflower habitat. The local honey bee population is designated as livestock by the USDA, and thus need crops to forage upon. Each UBF is overseeded with organic plant life to maintain as close to a year long nectar supply to our honey bee colonies. By supporting our farm operations, you play an important part in increasing the honey bee population. By buying our local honey, you also support the farm - plus get the added value of local honey consumption on seasonal allergies. Help us help you! Under Bee Products or Hydroponic Products, I want to just combine them and list a "Products" tab. It should say this:
What we Provide - Healthy, local GAP certified hydroponically grown produce for local restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, country clubs, and local non-profits. (What we grow HERE) - Our local allergy-helpful honey sales support additional bee hive purchases, thus helping to fight the Colony Collapse Disorder. - Our network of bee colonies help local farmers pollinate their community crops - FREE Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations for eco-minded auto owners and companies who support EV initiatives. (Click HERE for locations) - AgTourism through education, endowments, and supporters of sustainable container and honey bee farming. - Eco-friendly animal and plant habitat conservation easements using wildflower and flowering tree donations. (Click HERE to donate seeds or trees)
1862 Champions Circle Evans, Ga 30809