Raise Mason Bees for the Future of Food
BeeBuyBack Program Opening October 1, 2020
BeeBuyBack is Crown Bees' core program that empowers you to raise mason bees with the goal of helping farmers and gardeners to grow more food.
We work hard to encourage the use of solitary bees in orchards, community farms, and organic fields to increase yields with mason bees' efficient pollination. Our ultimate vision is to have 1 billion mason bees to meet the need of orchards and farms across the country. Your participation, big or small, in our BeeBuyBack program, will help us reach our goal.
Essentially, to participate in BeeBuyBack you will send us healthy mason bee cocoons in exchange for a Crown Bees store credit or a check. Our BeeBuyBack program is active in October of each year and stays open until our quota is met.
Need help figuring out how many bee cocoons to keep? We recommend one nesting hole per mason bee cocoon. For example, to maintain the population of your 48-hole nesting tray, keep about 50 cocoons. If you want to keep more bees, purchase extra nesting holes to add to your bee house. First-time mason bee raisers may be surprised at how many mason bee cocoons they raised when they count their harvested cocoons.
Our BeeBuyBack program is simple, making it easy for you to participate.
Submissions are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. We welcome spring mason bees from all US states.
Mason bee cocoon submissions may be redeemed for a Crown Bees store credit or check. If you choose to recieve a check, please expect processing of your payment to begin towards the end of November.
The maximum submission per person is 5,000 mason bee cocoons. We have this limit in place to allow more participants to be able to join the program. We will accept donations of mason bee cocoons after the per person limit.
We reserve the right to reject a submission based on our assessment of the viability of the mason bee cocoons. Please do not send paper tubes with holes through the side or nesting holes from previous seasons.
HOW IT WORKS
The form for the BeeBuyBack program will appear below and will become live in October 2020. Fill out the form and select your choice for payment. Print a copy of your submission form that will be sent to your email inbox.
If you harvested your cocoons (highly preferred and reimbursed at a higher rate), please send us both small and large sized cocoons. We like to ensure that there are male and female bee cocoons. Please send us UNWASHED cocoons, as we will wash all cocoons received.
Mail your box of loose cocoons or unharvested, filled, tubes and reeds, padded with a bit of newspaper or paper towels. Don’t forget to include a copy of the form you filled out. Standard US Postal Service Mail is fine and expedited shipping is not necessary. You pay the cost of shipping.
Mailing more than 1500 cocoons: Large numbers of mason bee cocoons create heat which can harm bee cocoons during transit. To prevent heat build-up, place 1 cup of mason bee cocoons into a sandwich bag, leave the air in the bag while sealing it, and fill multiple bags in this manner. Add spacers or empty sandwich bags filled with air to keep the cocoons apart in the shipping box.
Mail to: 13410 NE 177th Place, Woodinville, WA 98072
When your box arrives, we will open and harvest the nesting material (if applicable), wash and inspect the cocoons for pests and disease, and count the number of viable cocoons. We will send you various emails telling you that we received your cocoons, the condition and quantity of viable cocoons (and pests), and we will confirm the redemption type selected and final value.
We will place your cocoons into bins in our coolers by geographic region. We re-home your bees to gardens, farms, and orchards in similar regions with similar climates. Your amazing pollinators will go on to help grow more food!