A Canadian couple dreaming of running an inn situated in a spacious organic garden to support pollinators have started selling handmade nesting aids.
Amelie Bernier-Girardon and Olivier Lessard – who tied the knot last year – are studying agricultural sciences at Cegep de Sherbrooke, a college located in the city of Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Amelie, 27, told the La Terre newspaper: “I once told Olivier we could own an inn and a large garden full of vegetables and flowers when we retire. It has always been my dream. Then I thought: what about starting it all straight away?”
Amelie and her 32-year-old husband recently started selling the 80 wooden nesting aids they made themselves using phragmites, an overabundant plant.
The devices come with a small pot plant and a booklet featuring essential information on the vital role solitary bees are playing.
Amelie told La Terre, a Canadian newspaper focusing on agricultural and environmental issues: “It’s not about selling a product. We want to help people to expand their knowledge.”
She added: “We decided to focus on solitary species as they are highly efficient when it comes to pollinating the plants of Quebec.”
Oliver explained: “You won’t get stung by solitary bees as they don’t have to protect a colony. Many people might be unaware of the fact that only 50 per cent of female solitary bees actually have a sting.”
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What’s the company called. I am interested in what they have to offer
Hi Jams, thanks a lot for your message! As of now, we are unaware of a registered brand. Maybe you can find out more by contacting the university (Cegep de Sherbrooke) or the newspaper (La Terre) mentioned in our article. Kind regards from the Bee News team.