About Crown Bees
Our Vision for a Healthy World
Gardeners and farmers get more food with the help of the right bee on the right crop. It’s that simple. Research and field trials have proven the relationship between bee diversity and crop yield over the past few decades. Crown Bees advocates for, raises, and sells hole-nesting bees that pollinate significantly better than the honey bee.
Crown Bees began in Dave Hunter's garage in 2008, when he began raising mason bees in earnest to supply bees for the almond industry. Our retail website was launched in 2009 and by 2010 Crown Bees had product in nurseries throughout the northwest. Since then, we have increased online sales, expanded our nursery and hardware store sales nationally, become advisers to academia, spoken at the United Nations about food security, and partnered with multiple nonprofits.
Crown Bees doesn’t just sell product. We strive to fully educate you for success. We would like each gardener to be more sustainable and raise more food through earth-centric practices. Everything we learn from commercial use, academic research and field trials is passed on to you in videos, web pages, and our monthly BeeMail newsletter where we provide readers with timely reminders and steps for success.