Imagine a life without almond milk or vanilla lattes. With less avocados, you will not be able to feast on that Texas guacamole you can’t live without. You will suffer shortages of fine wines. The berries that are mixed in your favorite craft cocktails, also diminished. Let’s not forget that most of the vegetables used for your healthy fare are also profoundly affected. And the list goes on.
So Yes, when you put it like that, it’s down right serious game.
But hey, there is always good people in Texas that care enough about bees and want to do something about it.
CrownFox Farms is an Organic 20 acre Bee farm, and Nationally Certified Wildlife Habitat on the East side of Austin. Owners Deano Jones and Sarah King are doing their part to save the bees. They humanely raise Honey Bees, do not over harvest their honey and rehabilitate aggressive Bee hives.
CrownFox Farms also organically grows native wildflowers and herbs for the Bees. Dedicating 9 of the 20 acres to becoming a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.
Ironically, this farm is a quarter mile from the Colorado river and the farm is sitting on top of an enormous aquifer. The University of Texas has measured a massive well just 45ft down. If only they could get this land properly irrigated it will be a thriving habitat and organic farm dedicated to raising and rehabilitating Honey Bees.
If only they could get this land properly irrigated it will be a thriving habitat and organic farm dedicated to raising and rehabilitating Honey Bees.
Our goal is to create a haven to raise huge, healthy hives that don’t need to forage far for food. We also plan on rearing Queen Bees to help combat the savage Bee problem in Texas.
If properly irrigated it would be a lush, multi-faceted space for not just animals but the public to enjoy. If funded we plan to grow thinner rows of wildflowers. Once the Bees and other pollinators use them, CrownFox Farms will allow the public to come out and easily pick fresh, beautiful Texas wildflowers and experience this beautiful farm. They plant Zinnias, Cosmos, Petunias, Blue Sage and many others.
Deano and Sarah work closely with and have always been mentored by a member of the Texas Master Beekeeping Program and recently appointed Travis County “Bee Expert”, Mr. David Stalker. “David has shown us and continues to teach us how to humanely raise Bees, humanely harvest honey and how to farm chemically free.”
“It’s so important to keep the beautiful piece of land alive. We just don’t raise bees here, we rehabilitate bees, we bring in aggressive genetic hives.” African hives are a big problem in Texas, they become very angry, they swarm on people, most of the time people just burn these hives, they destroy them.
The goal is and always will be about creating more healthy hives and building the endangered Bee population.
To date Deano Jones and David Stalker have brought two of these aggressive bee hives to the farm and have completely rehabilitated them. What they mean by this is that they re-queened them and re-populated the colony. The bees have become gentle, loving and the bees now enjoy their new environment.
“The Wildlife Habitat is undeniably already growing too. We see Coyotes, Foxes, Deer, Raccoons, Skunks, Rattlesnakes… you name it, they’re coming here.”- Deano Jones
What can you do? The good news is that you don’t have to start your own bee farm. But each of our individual actions, even small, can lead to positive change. Join our movement to save the bees and help Keep Texas Bee-utiful.
CrownFox Farms plans on using money from their current IndieGoGo campaign to irrigate their land and create watering holes for the bees and also to nourish the Zinnias, Cosmos, Petunias, Blue Sage and many other wild flowers growing on the farm.
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Photo and Video: Sarah Elizabeth King