Kind Bee Farms
The Kind Bee Mission
Globally bee populations have dangerously plummeted due to disease and changes in our environment, and this has further ignited our passion to offer our bees to more people. That’s where you come in. We invite you to join us in experiencing our Kind Bees and helping our plants and flowers grow, while helping to replenish dwindling bee populations around the world.
A Family Bee Business Since 1990
We’re David and Layne Kushniruk, husband and wife team, set on bringing more pollinators into the environment by sharing our Kind Bee houses with the world. It’s our dream to help people learn about the beauty and power of these super pollinators and to help kids learn about pollination first hand.
We believe that this is how we do our part to help create a healthier earth, and we hope you’ll join us… but we have to admit, it’s not just the mission that keeps us hooked. When you watch a bee go to a flower – and we hope you do – we get to witness the pure joy of creation. It fills us with a sense of inner peace and satisfaction, there’s just nothing like it.
We started by growing alfalfa seed, a great source of protein that is used around the world as an animal food source and selling it to farmers all over Canada. It was in this work that we learned how important bees are for pollinating. In order to better support the growth and health of our crops, we started harvesting leafcutter bees, the ‘super pollinators’ of the bee world.
Our alfalfa seed grew more because of the bees…
our bee populations grew from all the alfalfa…
due to this powerful combination, our little farm grew too.
We decided to expand. David started flying to the U.S. regularly to knock on doors and build relationships with other farmers. Today, we sell alfalfa, leafcutter bees, bee trays and cocoon boxes to farms and homes across the United States.
Now in our 30th year, we have learned so much about how to share our leafcutters far and wide, but one thing hasn’t changed: the need for more bees in our environment.
This need – especially in North America – has only grown during our leafcutter journey. The bee population has dangerously plummeted due to disease and changes in our environment, and this has further ignited our passions to offer our bee houses for sale to more people. That’s where you come in.
We invite you to join us in experiencing our Kind Bees and helping our plants and flowers grow, with our bee houses for sale!
David and Layne Kushniruk
That is where the owners of Kind Bee Farms live, but more importantly the Canadian climate – especially Saskatchewan – is perfect for raising leafcutter bees.
They originated from Europe and were introduced to other parts of the world in the 1930’s to primarily pollinate alfalfa, which is a great source of protein for our food supply.
Leafcutter bees love hot weather. They will thrive in hot climates such as 100+ weather. They love the sun and you will find them flying and pollinating during the heat of the day.
Leafcutters are used by farmers to pollinate their fields in many states, such as Arizona, California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, Texas and many more.
The bees will stay inside the tubes or just hang out on the house to wait for the sun to come out. They do not like cloudy days so they’ll rest until the sun comes out.
You may want to bring it inside out of the elements. The house can be put back into the package your house came and store it safely until next spring. The nesting tubes should be taken out and composted or recycled. This will ensure your bee house stays clean of any disease and molds. Also compost or recycle the bee cocoon box and any leftover cocoon that are present.
Hatching takes lots of patience and care. The hatching is the most critical in all leafcutter beekeeping. You want to ensure there is as little temperature fluctuation as possible. This includes day and night temperatures. Whether you are finishing your hatching inside or outside the temperature should be consistent. When placing an order check your average temperature to make sure you have at least 75 temperature.