We offer gratitude to the pollinators, those beautiful little animals who make possible the living and reproducing of the flowering plants. We especially give thanks to the honey bees, whose lives and swarms are in danger and without whose humble and hardworking assistance most of the fruit and vegetable plants we eat could not live. We offer deep appreciation to the farmers who have committed to growing their crops without the use of bee-killing pesticides and herbicides and to the gardeners who plant habitat gardens for the pollinators’ health. And of course thanks to the caring bee-keepers and for the honey we miraculously get to share! We offer gratitude and the intention for the survival and thriving of the bees and all the pollinators—naming the ones we know, like hummingbirds, honey bees, butterflies, and asking also for blessings on all the ones we don’t know. We ask also for the flourishing of the plants with which they are interdependent (like the milkweed for the monarchs).
We also ask for the release of the practices which are harmful to the pollinators: the use of pesticides and herbicides, and the grazing, development and agricultural schemes which do not take into account the needs of the pollinators. We ask for guidance for ourselves and our fellow humans to find ways of farming that are harmonious with pollinator well-being, and we offer appreciation to all those who are following this path.
Deb Soule, founder of Avena Botanicals and advocate for pollinators, writes in her How to Walk Like a Gardener: “I don’t have answers to the seemingly insurmountable problems of these times. I keep walking back into the garden for instruction and planting habitats for the hummingbirds and bees.”