July 15, 2022

Gentry Park Senior Living Recognizes the Importance Bees Play on Our Ecosystem

Category: Senior Living

Author: Colin Spradling, Culinary Director

Don’t step on a Bee! Sounds like sane advice, but did you know it’s also a day of recognizing the incredible impact that bees play on our ecosystem? There are roughly 4,000 bee species in North America and about 20,000 around the globe that pollinate everything from flowers to vegetables. In fact, bees pollinate approximately one in every three bites of food you eat, which makes them essential to the health and prosperity of countless ecosystems worldwide. Crops such as apples, cranberries, and broccoli all rely on bees. Fruits like blueberries and cherries are 90% dependent on honeybee pollination, as are almonds. To pollinate the roughly 1.2 million acres of almond trees, the California almond industry needs about 1.8 million bees.

However, one in four species of bees are facing extinction. From fungus to pesticides, bees are facing rapidly declining numbers. In the US, the honeybee population has declined 60% since 1947.

This year, Gentry Park Senior Living is celebrating “Don’t Step On A Bee Day” by utilizing locally sourced honey from The Sweet Life Honey Farm, Huntington, IN in our honey-glazed ham on July 10th.

Honeybees, bumble bees, and many solitary bees are crucial for the pollination of our food and crops. We are grateful for the hardworking bees that help us produce not only honey, but also many fruits and vegetables that we all enjoy. Honey from honeybees has been foraged for thousands of years throughout many early civilizations.

By recognizing this holiday, we hope to bring awareness to this global issue and try to start a conversation about what we can all do to help reverse this trend and help build the bee population back to its pre-WWII levels. And while you’re at it, don’t step on a bee. We need them here.

Gentry Park Senior Living in Bloomington, IN offers senior villas, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Recently renovated amenities include restaurant dining, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just south of E 3rd Street on SR 446, Gentry Park balances a peaceful, natural environment with quick access to the local shopping and attractions of greater Bloomington.

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901 S Hastings Drive

Bloomington, IN 47401

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