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Feed the bees this Valentine’s Day

Chef Wes Levesque will be cooking up some sweet treats Friday, Feb. 14, at the Bee My Valentine fundraiser at Earthwise.  - Robert Mangelsdorf photo
Chef Wes Levesque will be cooking up some sweet treats Friday, Feb. 14, at the Bee My Valentine fundraiser at Earthwise.
— image credit: Robert Mangelsdorf photo

South Delta chef Wes Levesque is going to be cooking up some sweet treats this Valentine’s Day, with proceeds to help protect local bee colonies, and in turn, local agriculture.

The Bee My Valentine fundraiser at Earthwise Farm in Tsawwassen will feature a four-course menu put together by the “Super Food Chef” himself, with each course showcasing locally-sourced honey. Funds raised from the event will go to the Feed the Bees project, which aims to encourage the community to support a healthy and sustainable bee population by planting gardens to feed pollinators and encourage biodiversity.

Patricia Fleming is the executive director of Earthwise and an organizer for Feed the Bees, and says bees are vitally important to maintaining local agriculture.

“One out of every three mouthfuls we eat is on our table because of pollinators,” she says. “Around the world bee colonies have been in dramatic decline for the past decade. One of the most significant factors, apart from pesticide use, is the loss of habitat.”

The Feed the Bees project hopes to educate the community about the importance of bee populations for local agriculture and ecosystems and encourage people to take action to provide food and habitat for bees and pollinators by planting bee-friendly plants in public and private gardens, adopting mason bee hives, and other initiatives.

Fleming says everybody can play a part in planting for pollinators, and that helps build stronger colonies.

Bees also produce honey, of course, a product Levesque, who owns and operates Urban Village Catering, considers to be a “super food.”

“Raw honey doesn’t actually go bad,” he says. “It has antiseptic properties… and it’s unrefined, it’s natural.”

In addition to a handful of different organic honeys being used throughout the meal, guest will also get to sample mead, an ancient honey liquor provided by Campbell’s Gold in Abbotsford.

To learn more about Feed the Bees, visit www.feedthebees.org

For tickets and information about the fundraiser, call 604-946-9828

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