Our Mission

Introduction

Why "Bees", "Cause" and why in "San Francisco"?

For millennia, humans have had a relationship with honey bees.  Sometimes, both bees and humans benefit.  But most times, humans benefit at the expense of bees. 
 
San Francisco Bee-Cause believes honey and native bees and people can have a sustainable, mutually beneficial relationship.  We also believe that an urban environment, such as San Francisco's, provides ideal opportunities for people and bees to benefit one another.  
 
Here's why:
  • San Francisco has a mild Mediterranean climate.  
    • San Francisco offers abundant trees, shrubs and plants that flower throughout 10 months of the year.  This flora provides steady yet varied pollens and nectars needed by native and honey bees to survive and to be healthy. Good nutrition helps bees maintain good health.
  • San Francisco has a growing number of individuals, groups and communities that are committed to urban agriculture, biodiversity and maintaining healthy natural areas. Bee pollinators are needed for the success of each.  
  • San Francisco public policy supports a toxic-free and otherwise healthy environment. That's good for people but also for bees.

Our Purposes

Our "cause" is to help San Francisco's native and honey bees have a healthy environment needed to sustain them so they can help us with our urban biodiversity and agriculture.  In so doing, we aim to be financially self-sufficient.  Products from our honey beekeeping enable us to undertake projects, and to lend support to other groups and project, that help our urban native and honey bees thrive.

Specifically, we aim:
  • To educate San Francisco communities about the value of native and honey bees and, thus, the value of maintaining an urban landscape that integrates and accommodates healthy and sustainable natural ecosystems and native bee populations
  • To contribute to biodiversity and a productive system of urban agriculture within San Francisco by providing residents with information necessary for them to take actions necessary to ensure we have robust populations of native and honey bees
  • To contribute to the health and survivability of native and honey bees within San Francisco through projects that provide pollen and nectar resources needed to sustain healthy populations of native and honey bees