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In Your Backyard

Bees and other pollinators need our help! You can support bees in your backyard by providing pesticide-free habitat, growing bee-friendly plants or perhaps even becoming a beekeeper. Every little bit makes a difference.

Post a bee-friendly yard sign

If your yard or potted plants are pesticide-free, post a bee sign and show your support for pollinator health. You might even inspire a neighbor to join you in taking a stand for bees!

Plant a bee-friendly garden

You donʼt need a lot of space, just a little extra consideration. A few containers of the right kinds of plants tucked into your garden will get you started. Even in the city, a container on a balcony or front stoop can make a big difference to the growing number of urban bees and their beekeepers.

Use this handy guide to learn more about pollinator-friendly habitat, including wildflowers that are known to nurture bee populations in to the U.S., along with information about planting by season so you (and bees) can enjoy flowers in bloom all year round.

Become a backyard beekeeper

Join the ranks of backyard beekeepers! Learn the basics by joining a local beekeeper's association like this one that can provide additional support and resources as you establish your hive. Beginner's classes are often offered in the beginning of the year, as people prepare to start their hives in the spring.

Know what's on your food

Many foods are grown with the use of pesticides that are especially harmful to bees. Choosing bee-friendly produce will help protect honey bees foraging in orchards and agricultural fields. Know what's on your food, especially honey!