Reducing Our Family's Carbon Footprint, Our Zero waste commitment

We recently watched the documentary “Breaking Boundaries; The Science of our Planet with David Attenborough.  ( program has confirmed for us that what we have been doing as a family and small business is vital for our planet and we have to keep it up.  We all have to take little steps to reduce our carbon footprint, as our time to make a difference has almost run out. 

 This summer’s wildfire season has been a wake-up call to all of us in BC that the consequences of climate change are no joke.  My parents, who live in Kelowna, spent most of their summer locked up in their apartment with air conditioners and air purifiers going 24/7 just to be able to breathe.  In the Lower Mainland we were very lucky that smoke got swept to the East, otherwise we would have suffocated for months on end as well.  Although as individuals our actions seem very small, hopefully they help.

 20 years ago when we moved to our home (average city lot) in North Burnaby, we started building a garden with many fruit trees, berries, a vegetable patch and flowers.  13 years ago, we added our bees and this year we had an amazing harvest.  All the work in our garden is done by our family using organic practices.  This list is provided for you just to see how much mother nature is able to give back when we work with her and put our time into our garden.

 We harvested approximately:

  • 100lb squash
  • 150lb apples
  • 50lb blueberries
  • 30lb raspberries
  • 400lb cherries
  • 50lb plums
  • 200lb tomatoes
  • 400 heads of garlic
  • 500 lb of honey & beeswax

 In addition, we have harvested lots of:

Lettuce, Brussel sprouts, Beans, Peas, Beets, Carrots, Zucchini, Basil, Grapes, Lavender, Rose petals, Kale, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Persimmon.  Check out our Instagram Reel for more pictures at @healing.bees

 The approach that we put into our gardening and family life also goes into our Healing Bees products.  We only use natural ingredients and try our best to use glass and eco friendly packaging.  If possible, we grow our own ingredients like honey, beeswax, dried lavender and rose petals.

 If you would like to know more about how we grow our fruits and veggies, contact us and come for a visit!

 This Thanksgiving we have so much to be thankful for - we live in such a beautiful place!  However, let’s not forget that our actions today will paint the picture of our kids’ future.

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