The Honey Bee Initiative
A joint partnership between the School of Business and the College of Science

Support the George Mason Honey Bee Initiative

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The Fairfax Campus Apiaries were established in 2012 with a Patriot Green Fund grant from the Office of Sustainability. The School of Integrative Studies expanded the project adding a course on Beekeeping and Sustainability, which had 100 students on the waitlist in Spring 2013. To accommodate the hands-on course work involved in this initiative, SIS funded a second apiary, located near Buchanan House on Mason's Fairfax campus.

In Fall 2013, George Mason University in partnership with the Sweet Virginia Foundation ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to fully support 25 hives and enable George Mason University to add classes to its curriculum, permitting students to learn about bee keeping while supporting healthy hives on the Mason campus.

The Mason Honey Bee Initiative contributes to the growing efforts related to honey bee sustainability in the region by:

  • Educating students and the community about the interdependence of pollinators and human food sources, and modeling best practices in the management of honeybee hives.
  • Advancing global sustainability initiatives and economic alternatives for underserved regions.
  • Collaborating with public and private groups on honey bee sustainability including proper queen selection and regional distribution.

Gifts from friends and partners like you can help continue and expand upon these efforts.

How to Give:

Complete the form by supplying your information and preferences. Under "Gift Options," choose "Other." In the blank box, type "George Mason Honey Bee Initiative." After you supply the necessary information, click the "Save and Continue" button at the bottom of the form.



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