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Wyman’s of Maine Hosts “Flash Swarm” at South End Open Market at SOWA This Sunday

Wyman’s of Maine Hosts “Flash Swarm” at South End Open Market at SOWA This Sunday

 

Wyman’s of Maine honey bee street team gives away hundreds of thousands of wildflower seeds to spread awareness of Colony Collapse Disorder

 

WHAT:       Wyman’s of Maine, one of the nation’s leading growers and marketers of frozen fruit and a longtime supporter of native pollinators, will host a flash swarm at the South End Open Market at SOWA. A street team of 10 honey bee actors will be on site dressed in pollinator-wear to distribute hundreds of thousands of wildflowers seeds to consumers. Wyman’s hopes the swarm will encourage consumers to help save the dwindling honey bee population. Growing wildflowers is one of the easiest and most effective ways to create pollinator habitats. This flash swarm will be the second event hosted by Wyman’s in the Northeast. The first flash swarm took place at the Beach to Beacon 10k Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on August 1.

 

WHEN:     Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:   South End Open Market @ SOWA

                    500 Harrison Ave.

                    Boston, MA 02118

 

WHY:         Wyman’s is a leader in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) research. CCD is the mysterious disappearance of honey bees, which has led to the disappearance of one third of all honey bee colonies. Without these North American pollinators, Wyman’s and other farmers cannot grow produce.

 

Wyman’s has donated significant resources to researching CCD over the years. In 2014, Wyman’s funded a University of Maine Audit of Hive Health, which tested the condition of bees before and after their time on wild blueberry fields. As part of their analysis, they performed “bee physicals” to learn about honey bee habitats and what will help them survive. Additionally, Wyman’s maintains its own 1,400 hives at their facility on Prince Edward Island and co-funded a multiyear study with Agriculture & Agri Food Canada to determine optimal native pollinator habitat and the process for creating it.

 

Wyman’s has also been an active sponsor of The Pollinator Partnership, an organization dedicated to pollinator health and research. They have also provided an annual grant to Pennsylvania State University, Department of Entomology, to assist in general research on CCD. Additionally, Wyman’s added its testimony to a 2008 Congressional hearing on USDA funding for CCD research, provided a keynote speech at the 2010 Pollinator Conference at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History and attended a White House meeting on pollinator concerns in April 2014.


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