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About Crown Bees

Our Vision for a Healthy World

Gardeners and farmers grow more food when raising the right bee on the right crop - it’s that simple. Over the past thirty years, research and field trials have proven the positive relationship between bee diversity and crop yield. Crown Bees raises, sells, and advocates for solitary hole-nesting bees that pollinate significantly better than the honey bee.

Our History

Crown Bees retail website was launched in 2009 and by 2010 we had products in nurseries throughout the Northwest. We're proud to have expanded our garden and hardware store wholesales nationally, become advisers to academia, spoken at the United Nations about food security, and partnered with multiple nonprofits.

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Wild Bee Monitoring by Citizen Scientists

The Crown Bees Native Bee Network program empowers citizen scientists to find, identify, and raise native hole-nesting bees for future local pollination.

  • New research shows that a diversity of pollinators is vital to effectively pollinate our crops.
  • Scientific studies over the past 30 years conclude that native bees are better-suited pollinators of nutritious foods like fruit, nuts, berries, and vegetables.
  • Ultimately, native bees discovered in our program will be raised in organic farms and orchards for food production.
Live support

Messing with the microbes within their hive-stored pollen hurts bumblebees

Of the 20,000+ bee species on Earth, only about a dozen are used by farmers in commercial agriculture, and these crucial populations of managed bees have been declining at an alarming rate.

by: Dr. Prarthana Dharampal
April 17, 2019
Pollinator Conservation

Pollinator Conservation: Time to Focus on Native Bees

In a study we published earlier this year, we found that feral honey bees are preferentially removing food resources from the plant species that support the highest diversity and abundance of native pollinators.

by: Dr. Keng-Lou James Hung, PhD
May 29, 2019
Crown Bees Press Release

Press Release: Bee Observer Tray

The release of Crown Bees latest product, the Bee Observer, available for both mason and leafcutter bees, provides a fun and educational way to raise native bees, helping produce more food for our ever-growing population.

by: Andrew Wilson, Crown Bees
June 12, 2019
Category: Press Releases